Coast farm ready to start growing marijuana next month
FARM lands across the Sunshine Coast are ready to begin growing marijuana crops from November.
Medifarm, a Sunshine Coast company created to become a world-leader in the provision of medical cannabis, has been preparing for months to begin growing and manufacturing the product.
And Medifarm's Adam Benjamin said the company was ready to roll.
It is expected Federal Government licenses to begin growing the product will be supplied from November 1, allowing Medifarm to plant the seeds.
Then the license to sell the product to patients would be available from March.
"What last night's Bill provides to Queensland is the ability to lead the market from Queensland," Mr Benjamin said.
Queensland has the "most progressive" Bill when it comes to the prescription and use of medical marijuana.
"The way the Bill has been structured is you can get medical marijuana if it is prescribed and is a proven medication for treatments, in other states it is only available for limited conditions.
Medifarm had the "state-of-the-art facilities" in place to become a world-leader for the multi-million dollar industry, employing hundreds of people from the Sunshine Coast.
"Crops take 70 days to grow, but we have the infrastructure and land ready to go on the Sunshine Coast," Mr Benjamin said
"The Government has set the framework to bring massive industry to Queensland.
"We can establish industry and not be just another another imported drug on the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme.
"We have the potential to drive the industry in Queensland and into Australia."
Medifarm has negotiated with a global leader to provide the intellectual property for leading the evidence based treatment when the licenses (to sell the product) are granted.
"The indications are from the Federal Government this will be early next year.
"By March patients can expect to be able to access the product."
Mr Benjamin said no one was able to grow for the market until the next month.
"From November 1 we can have the licenses (to grow the product)," he said.
"We have Federal support from Senator James McGrath, (federal MPs) Ted O'Brien and Andrew Wallace, and (Senator) Pauline Hanson.
"This is an amazing opportunity for Queensland, which already has the natural advantage in agriculture.
"We will be able to provide all the way through to the medicine and the patient."
Mr Benjamin praised Member for Buderim, Steve Dickson for being an "unwavering driving force" in getting the Bill passed through Parliament.
"He is the reason why last night's Bill and wide-ranging benefits is being offered," he said.
Mr Benjamin was convinced of the benefits of the medicine.
"People out there have a right to access medications that work," he said.
"There is a whole class of people, children with epilepsy, people with cancer and pain who have already been demonstrated to have successful treatments.
"It's not a cure-all, but with the right patient and the right treatment, it is amazingly innovative.
"We are potentially living through a revolutionary moment in medicine as this has real benefit."