AU: Growing medicinal cannabis the Australian way

A multimillion dollar cannabis crop that's tended to by scientists and guarded by specialist security 24-hours a day is so potent its location has to be kept secret.

The dope new facility in rural NSW is cultivating the state's first locally grown medical grade cannabis oil extract, which will become commercially available to patients suffering chronic conditions next month. Australian Natural Therapeutics Group is the only company in NSW to be granted a permit to produce oil from the prohibited substance.

Medical cannabis is a budding new industry worldwide that's helping thousands of Australians with conditions like cancer, epilepsy, multiple Sclerosis and severe pain. But up until now, a large portion of Australia's medical cannabis has been imported from overseas in places like Canada, and patients can pay up to $50,000 a year for treatment.

'On average, prices for locally produced product will be about 30 per cent cheaper,' ANTG chief executive Matt Cantelo said. 'And now everyone in the whole country will be able to source from us.' 


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