And probably for good reason.
According to reports from the Daily Mail and Brinkwire, MediFarm’s multi-million dollar South Coast hinterland location has more than 1,000 plants and will supply some 1.2 tonnes of medical marijuana to 3,000 patients by the end of this year, after sourcing its cannabis plants from Israel.
Medical-grade marijuana is currently undergoing trials around the world for its effectiveness in the therapeutic treatment of many conditions, including endometriosis, cancer, fibromyalgia, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s Disease, Crohn’s disease and muscle spasms, among many others.
According to the reports, a tour of the facility was given to federal Health Minister Greg Hunt who said that regulations have slowed the process, given that only three of the 81 licenses have yet been granted.
“The office of drug control has responsibility for that and they are very, very assiduous and one of the things everybody would want is for us to operate in an efficient way but in a safe way,” Mr Hunt told the Brisbane Times, Brinkwire reported.
“It is a highly regulated sector and we make no apologies for that, but it’s about ensuring that if the doctors determine the medicine should be available, it can be available.”
Marijuana for medical purposes was legalised in Australia in 2016, but it is still a highly regulated industry and doctors have been sourcing the medical grade cannabis from overseas given that there has not been a local supplier.
Medifarm founder Adam Benjamin believes his company will be able to supply drugs to local doctors by the end of the year, the report revealed.