The first commercial permit for legal cannabis growing has been issued by the Victorian Government.
Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford met with representatives of the Melbourne based Cann Group this week, following the company’s successful approval by the Commonwealth to start commercial cultivation.
The first plants have now been transferred from Agriculture Victoria’s secret growing facility into Cann Group’s care.
Commercial scale cultivation of medicinal cannabis by Cann Group Limited has the potential to increase the government supply of medicinal cannabis to patients in Victoria.
The government said it is the start of a new Australian medicinal cannabis industry, based in Victoria, that will foster innovation, growth and create jobs.
The Office of Medicinal Cannabis is responsible for the regulation of all clinical and manufacturing aspects of the medicinal cannabis framework. The Independent Medical Advisory Committee provides advice to the Government on the types of medicinal cannabis products that should be approved for use by Victorian patients.
The Office has already begun to work with clinicians, doctors and general practitioners to help them understand their role in prescribing medicinal cannabis, and with patients and families to educate them about medicinal cannabis and eligibility for the scheme.