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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kiev's Hemp Help

MELBOURNE, Australia () -- The Victorian state government has signed an agreement with Ukraine on developing a hemp industry, to be centered on the shire of Delatite, in north-central Victoria.

The shire has grown trial crops of low THC hemp -- the type with no drug effects -- for the past two years and has found it grows well there.

But until Ukraine developed new technology that cut processing costs, enabling hemp to be processed into paper pulp, hemp production did not appear to have a viable future, the shire said.