Adam Benjamin of Medifarm wants to supply medicinal cannabis and hopes to transform the canelands of the Sunshine Coast into Potlands. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Adam Benjamin of Medifarm wants to supply medicinal cannabis and hopes to transform the canelands of the Sunshine Coast into Potlands. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily john mccutcheon

Treasurer supports plans for medicinal cannabis hub

EVEN the Queensland Treasurer doesn't think its a dopey idea.

Medifarm's Adam Benjamin met with Treasurer Curtis Pitt in Brisbane yesterday to show his impressive and well-developed plans to create a medicinal cannabis hub on the Sunshine Coast.

And Mr Benjamin said the 30 minute talk with the man who holds the State's purse strings was "very positive".

"He welcomed our idea of investing into Queensland by bringing in international companies," Mr Benajmin said.

"He was keen to see how the concept works in terms of a cluster of businesses.

"All in all, he was very supportive and very positive."

Several of Mr Pitt's senior advisors also attended the meeting.

A "leading American company" in the industry was also present.

"We went straight to the point, we are looking at the next phase," Mr Benjamin said.

"He embraced the idea of investment into Queensland."

Mr Benjamin has already purchased farm land in Nambour and is talks with key players to bring the project together as quickly as possible.

He believes the export potential of the business could be substantial and lead to hundreds of jobs and a million-dollar industry.

This week a Bill was introduced into Queensland Parliament with a view to making trials of medicinal cannabis legal.

However, concerns remain within the medical fraternity about the legalising of the drug, even if for medicinal purposes.


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