In a secret location near Swan Hill, an organic trial crop of medicinal cannabis has been growing out in the paddock in full daylight.
- Medicinal cannabis is legal for health purposes across the country, but due to strict regulations it is prohibitively expensive for many
- There is currently no subsidy for cannabis products under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
- Sold as a game changer for people suffering chronic pain
It is hoped the potent plants will yield well, resulting in accelerated planting later this year.
Murray Meds managing director, Nan-Marie Schoerie, said outdoor facilities are not common in Australia.
“It’s very much the way the global trend is going,” she said.
“There are a number of medicinal cannabis facilities that are being established … but these are all what they call protective cropping or indoor growers that have large greenhouses and significant amount of infrastructure.”
Australian Grown Medicinal Cannabis
Ms Schoerie said they had high hopes when it came to growing in a conventional way.
“The cost of growing outdoors is significantly lower,” she said.
“And so it’s much more of a traditional agricultural crop.