Marlborough, the extensive network of coastal waterways, New Zealand, is ready for the most comprehensive medical cannabis cultivation in the region.
Puro bagged the license to grow 90,000 plants for medical use commercially, a cannabis cultivar company in the area.
The good news came from the closet of the Ministry of Health on Thursday that gave a thumbs up to one of the best cannabis growing deals.
The crop will go through germination in tunnel houses before being sent to the company’s leading cultivation site at Kekerengu.
“CBD and cannabinoids, it is what we are looking to export overseas,” said the director, Sank Macfarlane.
“The strain will have no recreational appeal. People looking to buy therapeutic relief will have a good time choosing an effective alternative,” he added.
The Puro director went on to say, “it’s a low-THC cannabis strain. More than anything, these cultivars are meant for extracting CBD and CBG and other cannabinoids.”
“You could drag those until the cows come home and nothing will happen to you, of course in a psychotropic sense.”
“It’s merely a hemp crop,” Sank said. “The herb is secure and beyond the reach of anyone who wants to have it. So we don’t contemplate any possibility of undesirable problems down here.”
More important is the employment the license would get. The covid-eruption has affected jobs and pushed uncertainties around the world. But the hand harvesting will employ quite a few people in the business.
“Our growing process is labor intensive, we’ll rely on hand-harvesting for the majority of the crop. That said, we might end up working with 50 to 60 workers over the entire cropping period till it harvests,” furthers Macfarlane.
The company takes pride in securing the commercial market deal as the plant adds to the medical potency in society.
“The license means a lot considering we’ve the power to sell our medical cannabis to pharmaceutical buyers. It’s one giant step towards becoming a leading global supplier of premium medical herbs,” the Puro’s boss said.
Puro has worked around New Zealand Trade and Enterprise to lubricate the country’s first-ever export channel for bulk medical cannabis.
An independent economist’s Agribusiness Group suspects Puro can create full-time opportunities for 375 employees in the coming twenty-four months.
“Marlborough is a small district,” said Macfarlane.
“Puro can add substantially to its economy, delivering massive job opportunities in both Kaikōura and Blenheim. Fortunately, the authorities including iwi, MPs, mayors, and other business leaders have supported the idea,” Macfarlane said.
Marlborough is yet to have a referendum on recreational cannabis, that is likely to be held next month. Sank, however, had not given a thought about its consequences.
“The outcome of the referendum has nothing do with our business’s success,” he said.
“We’ve streamlined our cultivation channel in a premium, high-grade medicinal cannabis. So the results won’t bother.”
The company has applied for further commercial cultivation which seems to be in the final reviewing stages, including their off-late finished indoor research facility that’s in scrutiny in the Marlborough Valley.