AU: Queensland's first MMJ farm officially opens

A medicinal cannabis farm has been declared open for business in south-east Queensland, with the race on to supply the product to the Australian market.

Medifarm’s multimillion-dollar facility, in a top-secret location in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, has been officially opened by federal Health Minister Greg Hunt, who visited the site on Tuesday.

Mr Hunt said Medifarm had been granted three of the 81 licences so far issued by the federal government to grow cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Medifarm had announced late last year it would produce medicinal cannabis commercially in the first half of 2019, but Mr Hunt said regulations had slowed the process.

Mr Benjamin said they would be supplying products to local doctors before the end of the year.

“We have already two harvests out of the four or five growth cycles that can happen in a year,” he said.

“It’s very important to maintain supply in the future to patients that we build up our reserves, we have a huge amount that we’re building up so as we come to market our supply chain is continuous and the quality is continuous.”


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