The Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt, took a tour of MEDIFARM's new cannabis farm in Queensland.
The Australian Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, opened Queensland's first fully operational medical cannabis farm today.
The farm's launch will pave the way for more patients to access prescriptions for medicinal cannabis that has been grown in Australia, which was lauded by the Minister when he examined the farm at MEDIFARM on the Sunshine Coast.
"Operations such as these showcase the Morrison Government's commitment to boosting local industry and helping those living with chronic or terminal illnesses," Hunt said.
"We want a robust Australian medical cannabis industry so doctors have safe, quality locally grown and manufactured products they can confidently prescribe to their patients."
The Minister thanked MEDIFARM management for providing him with a tour of their operations, as it gave him a chance to see the fruits of the government's decision to legalise medicinal cannabis production.
The inspection of the cannabis farm also included the Federal Member for Fairfax, Ted O'Brien, who welcomed the prospect of a new thriving industry for both the local area, and Australia as a whole.
"The cannabis products produced from the plants at MEDIFARM will be used to help Australians with conditions like epilepsy, chronic pain, cancer pain and multiple sclerosis,"
– Federal Member for Fairfax, Ted O'Brien
The move comes as part of a broader push to expand the local cannabis industry, with the Coalition government also recently announcing that it has made regulatory changes to allow for the exportation of medicinal marijuana to overseas markets.
The Morrison government has said that it will continue to allow doctors to access medicinal cannabis more rapidly, while at the same time maintaining strict regulatory safeguards for individual and community safety under the Therapeutic Goods Administration's (TGA) Special Access Scheme (SAS).
The SAS online system now allows prescribers in Queensland to apply for a cannabis prescription—on their patient's behalf—which are then processed within 2 working days.
The founding director of MEDIFARM, Adam Benjamin, was similarly bullish about the farm's launch, saying that the company's main focus is to ensure that Australian patients have adequate access to legal cannabis-based medicines.
"We have a duty of care, we must deliver this to patients in need."
"These plants are now under cultivation and being readied to produce cannabis medicine by prescription, by Aussie doctors for Aussie patients," Benjamin said.