Labour is calling for the raw product for medicinal cannabis to be grown in New Zealand.
Labour MP Damien O’Connor says New Zealand lost out to Australia on a similar economic opportunity years ago and he doesn’t want to see it happen again.
Tasmanian poppy farmers supply nearly half of the world’s legal opiates that are used to make powerful painkillers like morphine and codeine.
The industry’s one of the state’s biggest employers and is estimated to be worth $100 million dollars a year.
“In the ’70s NZ had the opportunity to grow poppies for medicinal purposes. We turned our back on that; Tasmania has been the beneficiary of that,” Mr O’Connor says.
Source: 420Intel – Medical Cannabis