Economic Development

Eco-friendly materials ready to replace everything, Waikato University professor says

Submitted by Norm on Sun, 10/15/2017 - 09:04

"We want to grow hemp - as far as the composite goes, there are a lot of applications there. Anything with glass fibre in it, we could be replacing that."

Glass fibres are thin, silica fibre strands that insulation materials such as Pink Batts are made out of. 

It would be easy to replace plastic in sports equipment, too - Pickering has a skateboard in her office that a fourth-year student made out hemp. 

"What's stopping us now? The technology is there." 

The stumbling block is money - the products are not commercially viable.

Puerto Rico’s Medical Marijuana Industry Takes a Hit Due to Hurricane

Submitted by Norm on Sun, 10/15/2017 - 00:17

 “We were expecting a lot from this industry,” Ingrid Schmidt, the president of the Puerto Rico Medical Cannabis Association, said over the phone. “It’s the only industry that was creating jobs and a lot of hope was put into this industry because it was critical to the financial circumstance that our island is going through.” But the island’s medical marijuana companies are starting to make a comeback; 20 of 29 medical marijuana dispensaries have reopened, according to the association. In the first two weeks after the storm, only four dispensaries could fill prescriptions.