Post-Brexit labour shortages deal blow to UK cannabis production

The company that owns the UK’s largest production base for cannabis for pharmaceuticals is calling for changes in immigration policy following a labor shortage after being excluded from the visa system for agricultural workers.

Peter Watson, agricultural director of British Sugar, who grows cannabis for epilepsy in Withington, Norfolk, raises the issue of recruitment.

Labor problems arise as investment in cannabis companies surges after several countries, including the United Kingdom, have legalized the use of medicines using extracts from plants.

The British Sugar business, which supplies ingredients for antiepileptic drugs approved by the US company Jazz Pharmaceuticals, is one of many agricultural businesses that have been locked out of seasonal workers’ plans because they do not grow food.


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