The federal government of Queensland is highly hopeful about medical cannabis ushering in great advantages for their economy and maybe that is why they have given a thumbs-up signal to the set-up of a giant medicinal cannabis glasshouse. It is expected that this will fuel more jobs and boost up the flow of income in days to come.
About The Facility
Asterion Cannabis, a Canadian company received the approval for building up the facility in Toowoomba which can produce 20000 plants in a single day for harvest. A research contract has been entered into between the University of Queensland and Asterion pertaining to an 18 months’ program. This is expected to investigate the cloning of more productive cannabis strains which can cater to the towering demand. It is imperative to note here that this drug will be used for treating various health conditions like arthritis, epilepsy, severe nausea, multiple sclerosis and even chronic pain.
Karen Andrews, the Minister of Science believes that this fully functional glasshouse can produce 500 tonnes of medicinal cannabis in a year which carries an export value of $1 billion. She announced that, “The $450 million project will boost jobs across the Toowoomba region, and help position Australia as a major exporter of medicinal cannabis.”
Catering To Medicinal Requirements
This latest news which emerged on Thursday stands out in stark contrast to the previous rule under which patients were under obligation to obtain the approval of the state prior to receiving medicinal drug. A specialist doctor can now directly prescribe medicinal cannabis to them. However, general practitioners shall have to apply to Queensland Health and the Therapeutic Goods Administration before gaining similar authority as that of their specialist peers.