Hemp Field’s co-owner ­Arthur Ways, an ex-mortgage broker, had wanted to exhibit plants from the start-up operation – just south of the city’s Queensland/NSW border – at the Hemp Health and Innovation Expo in October.
Hemp Field’s co-owner ­Arthur Ways, an ex-mortgage broker, had wanted to exhibit plants from the start-up operation – just south of the city’s Queensland/NSW border – at the Hemp Health and Innovation Expo in October.

Hemp business pulls out of expo

A GOLD Coast co-founder of a new multi-million-dollar NSW indoor hemp farm pulled out of showcasing their first crop at a Brisbane expo.

Hemp Field's co-owner ­Arthur Ways, an ex-mortgage broker, had wanted to exhibit plants from the start-up operation - just south of the city's Queensland/NSW border - at the Hemp Health and Innovation Expo in October.

Hemp Fields managing director Arthur Ways at the company's low-THC hemp plant farm in NSW, just south of the Queensland border. Picture: Scott Powick
Hemp Fields managing director Arthur Ways at the company's low-THC hemp plant farm in NSW, just south of the Queensland border. Picture: Scott Powick

But Mr Ways - whose business partners include Oscar Oscar Salons mogul Oscar Cullinan - decided against it when a Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) official warned him police would be alerted.

In emails with DAF Biosecurity Queensland senior officer Jamie Milne about whether it was possible, Mr Milne's advice on "possession of industrial cannabis in Queensland" points out that while Mr Ways plants were under the legal pscyhoactive THC concentration of one per cent, he could still be breaking the law bringing them interstate.

"In the case of your proposal to publicly display cannabis plants at the Brisbane HHI Expo, it is my understanding you do not have the appropriate authorisation.

Hemp Fields managing director Arthur Ways tending to the plants. Picture: Scott Powick
Hemp Fields managing director Arthur Ways tending to the plants. Picture: Scott Powick

"In the case where we ­become aware of an alleged unauthorised activity, it will be reported to the Queensland Police Service for investigation," Mr Milne writes.

Mr Ways' response thanks him for the "heads up about a potential issue".

Mr Ways told the Bulletin he decided against showcasing the plants and instead just displayed the range of products for sale from Hemp Fields' ­associated entity Hemp Pet.

Hemp Fields have invested $3 million in the farm so far, with a first outdoor crop for harvest in coming months.


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