Medicinal cannabis farm begins production vowing a duty of care to Australian patients

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WATCH15sInside Medifarm’s top secret medicinal marijuana farm ( ABC News )

Months behind schedule, Queensland’s first licensed medicinal cannabis farm has started growing plants with the aim of manufacturing a series of “affordable” medicines from early next year.

Medifarm director Adam Benjamin estimated the global worth of the industry to be more than $55 billion, but said his company’s focus would be supplying thousands of Australian patients hoping to access legal cannabis based drugs.

“We have a duty of care. We must deliver this to patients in need,” Mr Benjamin said.

The two men smile at the camera with medicinal marijuana plants and workers behind them.

“These plants which are now under cultivation are being readied to produce medicine, cannabis medicine by prescription by Aussie doctors for Aussie patients by early 2019.”

Medifarm has Federal Government approval to cultivate, produce and manufacture medicinal cannabis from a high security farm operating from a secret location in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Journalists sign non-disclosure agreements to be allowed access, not just because of the sensitive nature of its produce, but because of its methods.

Who can get medicinal marijuana?

The Federal Government has approved the sale of medicinal marijuana, but it still won’t be easy for people to get a prescription.

“We have exclusive intellectual property and genetics to fast track with the global pioneers from Israel who began this 12 years ago,” Mr Benjamin said.

Medifarm has an exclusive partnership with Tikun Olam, an Israeli based company that has developed specific genetic strains of medicinal cannabis to treat different medical conditions.

“The genetics behind these plants is what makes the difference to this Sunshine Coast business,” Federal member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien said.

“Some plants here today will be for epilepsy, we can look at other plants that will be for chronic pain, we can look at other plants that are specific to certain diseases.

“Having that level of maturity in a product for a start-up is something pretty special and it is the Israeli technology that has brought this to bear.”

Medifarm master grower Steffen Krauschaar is taking cuttings from the mother plants, there are fans and lights behind him.
Medifarm master grower Steffen Krauschaar is taking cuttings from the mother plants. (ABC Rural: Jennifer Nichols)

Propagation now underway

On the ABC’s latest visit, master grower Steffen Krauschaar was taking cuttings from the first ‘mother’ plants, grown from imported Israeli seed.

The plants are potted up, drip-fed with water and nutrients, and exposed to natural and artificial light for 18 hours a day.

Medifarm director and general manager of production Mor Cohen relocated to Australia from Israel to oversee the set-up.

“We have more than 20 research projects — from epileptic kids, autism, Parkinsons, pain, cancer and disease, with the best universities and the best hospitals,” Mr Cohen said.Buy exotic carts online Florida

Mor Cohen holds a hand to a marijuana plant in the greenhouse.
Mor Cohen is the general manager of Medifarm and has relocated from Israel to oversee production. (ABC Rural: Jennifer Nichols)

“I believe with all of this knowledge, and what we bring from Israel, we can supply the best product to Australia.”Best vapes online

Bar codes are attached to the stems of each plant.

They will be tracked from the moment they are cut from the mother plant, to when the finished pharmaceutical grade product is manufactured on-site from oils extracted from dried cannabis flowers. Best vapes online

But convincing Australian doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis could take years.

Putting a cutting in a soil mixture.

Richard Kidd, chair of the Australian Medical Association’s Council of General Practice, said GPs would be carefully watching Australian trials to determine the safety and effectiveness of medicinal marijuana.

“The Therapeutic Goods Administration looks at evidence from all around the world, but almost always still demands that local trials are done,” Dr Kidd said. Buy exotic carts online

“The trials will be going for another year two, then they’ll have to report to the Government, and if the Government is convinced the laws will have to be changed because at the moment, apart from the trials, legislation varies from state to state about cannabis and (prescribing) extract from cannabis.”

Mr Benjamin said the Australian research would build on work that has already been done in Israel where 40 per cent of patients receiving medicinal cannabis are cancer patients, helping with nausea and vomiting.

“It’s not our word for it, this is happening already en masse internationally in Israel, Canada, Greece and Germany,” Mr Benjamin said. Exotic carts for sale

Cameramen gathered around the master worker Steffen Krauschaar.

“By the end of this year there’ll be another handful of countries that have already legislated. These countries only move into this space because they see the evidence.” Buy exotic carts online

Medifarm is one of five businesses licensed to produce medicinal marijuana in Australia. Buy exotic carts online

Mr Benjamin estimated that three plants could supply one patient with all the medicinal oil they would need for a year. Buy exotic carts Hartsville

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