Medicinal cannabis firms in holding pattern on grassy green future

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Medicinal cannabis firms in holding pattern on grassy green future

Jonathan
Chilton Towle
Mark Lucas and Nic Foreman
CannaSouth co-founders Mark Lucas and Nic Foreman in the lab

The prospect of medicinal cannabis products being sold on pharmacy shelves may become a reality as early as next year, following last year’s passing of the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Act. Several companies looking to capitalise on the law change have already formed, but they are unable to make their products until the Government creates a regulatory framework for their budding industry. Jonathan Chilton-Towle finds out what they are up to while they wait for the law to catch up with their aspirations

When I think of a cannabis business, my first thought is a clandestine basement containing rows of plants bathing in the fluorescent glow of LED light, Manu Caddie, Hikurangi Cannabis Company managing director Manu Caddie believes developing an export market is key to a sustainable medical cannabis industry