In a secret location near Swan Hill, an organic trial crop of medicinal cannabis has been growing out in the paddock in full daylight.

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.