Callaghan Innovation – Hemp & Medicinal Cannabis Capability Roadmap

by Robbie Dellow
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The Path from Concept to Commercialisation

The hemp and medicinal cannabis industry in New Zealand is in its infancy but has the potential to be a valuable contributor to the New Zealand economy.
To help realise that potential, Callaghan Innovation ( has created three downloadable sector based capability roadmaps designed for use and sharing by those creating businesses in the hemp and medicinal cannabis industry.

These roadmaps are designed to guide businesses through their planning and operational entry into the industry. They build on lessons from other industries, such as kiwifruit, manuka honey and wine, to offer step-by-step practical information required from pre-startup through to commercialisation, including :

  • Growing
  • Processing
  • Extracting
  • Formulating 
  • Trialling 
  • Distributing

The three downloadable roadmaps cover the different challenges and regulatory requirements in each sector.

Each roadmap will be updated as regulatory changes or new developments arise. Callaghan Innovation may change, delete, add to, or otherwise amend information contained in each roadmap without notice. We recommend checking back to ensure you have downloaded the most up to date information.

If you have any feedback or questions on the documents below, or have contributions to suggest please email Callaghan Innovations at 

Hemp Fibre Capability Roadmap

Callaghan Innovation Hemp Fibre Capability Roadmap

Hemp-Fibre-Roadmap.pdf (PDF, 3.6 MB)
(last updated: 19/02/2021)

Medicinal Cannabis Capability Roadmap

Callaghan Innovation Medicinal Cannabis Capability Roadmap

Medicinal-Cannabis-Roadmap.pdf (PDF, 4.1 MB)
(last updated: 19/02/2021)

Hemp Seed Capability Roadmap

Callaghan Innovation Hemp Seed Capability Roadmap

Hemp-Seed-Roadmap.pdf (PDF, 4.5 MB)
(last updated: 19/02/2021)

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