12 November 2017 will see the variation to Standard 1.4.4 – Prohibited and restricted plants and fungi to permit the sale of foods derived from the seeds of low THC varieties of C. sativa come into effect.

Maximum levels of THC content that may be present in low THC hemp seed foods have been specified.

Whole low THC hemp seeds are not permitted for retail sale as food, or an ingredient in a food for sale, unless they are hulled and non-viable. Foods or food ingredients derived from low THC hemp seeds will be subject to certain labelling and advertising restrictions. Only seeds from low THC varieties of C. sativa can be used as a source for food and only naturally occurring THC (and other cannabinoids) may be present in low THC hemp seed foods.

The amendments to standard 1.4.4 are as follows:

1.4.4 —6 Exception relating to Cannabis sativa seeds and