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Australia’s Morrison Government has granted Key Project Status to health-related cannabis ventures in the states of Victoria and Queensland.

The status has been awarded to Hydroganics for a $333 million facility in South- East Queensland and Canopy Development for a $70 million project in regional Victoria.

As soon as at complete production, the Hydroganics facility at a secret place on the Sunshine Coast is anticipated to make annual income of $366 million, with 90 per cent of that figure from overseas exports. The facility is anticipated to assistance 140 ongoing jobs.

As for Canopy Development, it is establishing its Asia Pacific headquarters and a vertically integrated health-related cannabis cultivation, manufacturing and distribution center in Pakenham, which is anticipated to make up to 250 ongoing jobs.

Final year, Canada-headquartered Canopy Development launched Spectrum Therapeutics in Australia, which was set up to establish the facility in partnership with Victoria’s State Government. Naturally anything has changed as at that stage Canopy Development stated it would be investing $16 million – it is a massive jump from that figure to $70 million.

The Victorian Government aims to have the state supplying half of Australia’s medicinal cannabis by 2028.

At a federal level, the Morrison Government has been keen to be noticed to assistance the health-related cannabis market.

“Australia’s trusted reputation for health-related merchandise combined with our best top quality agriculture sector will propel this new domestic market into the worldwide marketplace,” stated Minister for Business, Science and Technologies Karen Andrews. “By acting now and quickly-tracking medicinal cannabis facilities, we have an chance to make an completely new market with tremendous export possible.”

In August this year, Federal Minister for Wellness Greg Hunt stated the Morrison Government will prioritise health-related cannabis projects granted Key Project Status. The positive aspects of becoming awarded the status contain priority consideration for the vital licences via the Workplace of Drug Manage (ODC).

Key Project Status recognises the national significance of a project for financial development, employment or for regional Australia. Amongst the criteria for consideration is projects should involve capital investment of more than $50 million.

When all this is fascinating stuff, the elephant in the area remains the existing availability, accessibility and price of health-related cannabis merchandise for Australian sufferers, a circumstance to be investigated via a lately announced Senate inquiry.