AN INDUSTRIAL hemp advocacy group has labelled the state government's slow action on a parliamentary inquiry "disappointing".
Bishopsbourne farmer and Industrial Hemp Growers' Association Tasmania president Phil Reader said inquiry chairman Brenton Best indicated in July it would be tabled at an earlier date.
The Tasmanian Hemp Industry Inquiry, aimed at reporting on the industry and its opportunities, is slated to be tabled in the House of Assembly late September or early October after its start in April last year.
"Anything that comes out of the inquiry will be too late for this season," Mr Reader said.
"We've lost another season - they don't understand the implications of what they're doing."
Mr Reader has been in the industry for about eight years and said the inquiry had the potential to improve conditions for the nine hemp growers in the state.
In Australia, hemp can be cultivated only for fibre or oil despite its seeds carrying low levels of THC.
Mr Reader said overseas imports were damaging the state's industry - while it is illegal for Australian growers to cultivate hemp for food, it is not illegal to import food products.
"We're going to miss the boat because of imports," he said.
"If the support's there, something can happen - I can't understand why the state inquiry has taken so long."
Mr Best said the committee consulted with federal departments including police, justice, health and primary industry.
"I'm confident we can get it into parliament pretty soon," he said.