Approximately one year ago, the Australian federal government changed its rules on marijuana and cleared the way for cannabis to be grown using taxpayer money. Those changes have seen the first government-run cannabis greenhouse opening in Sydney, New South Wales.
The plan is to start by growing limited amounts of cannabis for research purposes before commercial cultivation can begin.
Right now, the plants in the greenhouse will be studied on issues like humidity, fertilizers, temperature, lighting and other growing factors necessary to produce a crop whose attributes are uniform.
Once the facility can produce cannabis of the same medical quality, then patients will start buying either the plants themselves or their products.
For now, people suffering from cancer and epilepsy will be the first to get their hands on legal weed to help with their symptoms.
Adam Marshall, the Agriculture Minister in the New South Wales government, says that the overriding aim of the greenhouse is to document the conditions necessary to grow marijuana whose properties are consistent.
Dr. Phillip Wright, the chief scientist at this grow facility, says that the research phase of the project has taken long to start. Very little research has so far been done, he added.
There is a heavy security presence of local police and New South Wales drug squad detectives at the marijuana greenhouse in order to keep unauthorized people from accessing the facility.
This security detail is not far-fetched, because one cannot be sure to what lengths criminal gangs may go to lay their hands on the cannabis within the grow facility. Curious onlookers may also want to see legally grown marijuana since their only experience with this controversial plant has been when the authorities seize and destroy illegal supplies of cannabis. The heavy security presence can also therefore serve as a deterrent for onlookers trying to see what is taking place inside this historic greenhouse.
Patients may have to buckle up for a long wait because it is expected that the research work being done at the greenhouse in Sydney will last for several years. Samples are expected to be harvested and tested by the end of this year, but if Dr. Wright’s concerns are anything to go by, then the research process may drag on for longer than originally planned.
For the sake of the patients in Australia, Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) and Green Hygienics Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: GRYN) hope that the process can be expedited so that medical marijuana can be available on the market as soon as possible.
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