Australian chicken farmers turn to cannabis

Chicken farmers to the east of Melbourne have turned to cannabis. Alison and Peter Drew have $4.5 million to $5 million price hopes for the Mountain View farm they have acquired a medicinal cannabis license for.

The family moved from the eastern suburbs with their five children 21 years ago and had farmed beef, dairy, and broiler chickens on the 104.4ha site, but when they lost their contract with Ingham’s, the business background couple got creative. 

“We had a multimillion-dollar purpose-built enterprise within the farm for the chicken contract, so we looked at something that would fit the mold — which was pretty hard to do; broiler chicken sheds are built specifically for that,” Ms. Drew said. “After many, many, many months of research, we decided to apply to the office of drug control for a medicinal cannabis cultivation license. It took nearly two years of dealing with the office of drug control, but we were granted a license in April 2020.”

They have 7000 m2 of climate-controlled growing space available that would be the “perfect fit for cannabis” with minimal change to the infrastructure.

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