Hemp-based spaghetti gets tackled by the cops.
The SCMP is reporting that the organic food supermarket ThreeSixty (that giant supermarket in The Landmark) had to pull some of their organic spaghetti off their shelves before the cops could bust them for selling marijuana since apparently this brand of spaghetto is made with some small amount of cannabis via its “hemp flour.”
Even though the store insisted that it was not against the law to sell the product in Hong Kong, it withdrew the spaghetti from sale on Friday following inquiries by the South China Morning Post.
The spaghetti, made by German company Biona, is known as “cannapasta”, short for cannabis pasta, and its labelling states it contains organic durum semolina and 11 per cent organic hemp flour.
Hemp flour is made from ground seeds of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. Seeds do not contain the mind-altering substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). None of the spaghetti products has been taken for testing, so it remains unclear if the pasta contained any traces of THC.
Advocates of hemp insist that food containing the seed should not be associated with the drug marijuana and that it is beneficial to health, as the seeds are high in omega-3 oils. They say any trace amounts of THC are harmless, just like the trace amounts of opiates in poppy seeds.
Hemp products have had a rocky history in Hong Kong with the Body Shop being forced to withdraw hemp-seed items in 1998.