Horowhenua Hemp is a catchy brand name, according to the District's mayor Michael
He has been lobbying for an investigation into the viability of growing hemp locally,
believing it could help some of the district's environmental issues and boost the economy.
Mayor Feyen put the idea to Horowhenua District Council late last year, however council voted not to look into its viability in the region.
He says New Zealand is far behind much of the world which has been using this healthy,
lucrative and environmentally-friendly product for decades.
The decision to legalise hemp seed as food in New Zealand was made in April last year,
but the process has been tied up in The Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.
He says that Council should be "on the ball," loo
king at the growing employment
opportunities and environmental benefits the industry could bring Horowhenua.