A top-secret location is about to become Australia's largest indoor vertical cannabis farm. The company behind it is forecasting $100 million in turnover as the once-taboo drug gains popularity for pain relief.
Craig Cochran is CEO of Medcan Australia, one of the dozens of new medicinal cannabis companies popping up across Australia but with bigger plans than most.
"Once the full sight is operational, up to six tonnes of dried flower per annum," Cochran told A Current Affair. The Brisbane-based company isn't willing to reveal the location of its new $10 million facility due to security concerns. It's now part of a rapidly growing industry many Australians may never have imagined would exist.
A Current Affair was taken on a tour behind the scenes, and the crew wore lab coats and hair nets to ensure the plants weren't contaminated. Nate Jones is the head of cultivation, brought in from Canada, where the legal cannabis industry started several years before Australia. "We utilize state-of-the-art technology," Jones said.
Inside the facility, there is a full hydroponic setup on a scale that would previously have had the drug squad ready to raid. Inside they control every element of the plant's growth, in particular the light.
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