A pop-up restaurant educated Kiwis to clear the widespread confusion around hemp.
"We want to clear the widespread confusion," said organiser Cameron Sims, who is leading a movement to introduce hemp seed as a staple protein in the Kiwi diet.
"Although it is a variety of the cannabis seed, hemp contains very, very low levels of THC, the psychoactive ingredient of cannabis."
The pop-up restaurant served dishes made with hemp seed oil to diners over four evenings.
These included gourmet bread, pizza, ice cream and chocolate, matched with non-alcoholic beverages.
"The menu is designed to inspire New Zealanders on how easily hemp seed can be incorporated into their daily diet," Sims said.
Hemp seeds, also known as hemp hearts, are the seeds of the hemp plant, where marijuana comes from.
But it is still illegal for people to eat hemp seeds here, although the rules allow hemp seed oil to be consumed.
Demonstrations at the pop-up restaurant showed how hemp seed can be used in cooking, but the food served only contained hemp seed oil.
"Until the law change, we won't be able to serve food containing hemp seed unfortunately," Sims said.
Food Safety Minister David Bennett said in April that hemp seeds would soon be legalised, and that hemp had no psychoactive effects and was considered nutritious and safe to eat.
It would take around 18 months for drug and safety laws to be changed to legalise the product.
Sims, who is also a chef and founder of Plant Culture, said he wanted New Zealanders to be ready for when that happens.
"Hemp seed oil is a consumer good, but there is lots we can do with the protein rich by-product that is currently being sold as animal feed," Sims said.
The global market for hemp seeds is worth around $1 billion and its legalisation here could generate up to $20 million in exports.
Sims said the pop-up restaurant was also used to educate diners on the science, history and laws surrounding industrial hemp.
"Despite the growing awareness of the health benefits of consuming the seed, there is still a strong need for us to disassociate hemp from marijuana in public opinion," he said.