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NZ cannabis grower harvests first crop for export

Rows of cannabis plants line a greenhouse in Waikato, ready to be harvested. Cannasouth Cultivation Limited is beginning to strip the flowers for its first commercial crop of cannabis to be exported for medicinal use.

The biopharmaceutical company’s greenhouse, in a secret location on the outskirts of Hamilton, is home to about 500 plants. “It’s exciting. It has been the start of the next chapter for us,” founder and CEO Mark Lucas said.

The concept was dreamt up in 2018, and Cannasouth had since built the facility, got the equipment, and found and trained staff – before crops were brought in at the end of last year.

The harvest would be taking place over the next few days and would be a mammoth effort, he said. “Building pharmaceutical quality facilities is not easy. It takes a long time and is incredibly complex,” he said. But, it was “absolutely worth it.”

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