The first Aussie-grown medicinal cannabis products have hit pharmacy shelves as sick and dying patients fight bureaucracy for access.
Companies are in a race to become Australia’s lead supplier of oils and tinctures, with one claiming to be the first to locally grow, harvest and manufacture a Made-in-Australia product.
A Queensland company also says it will have its medical marijuana crop on the Sunshine Coast harvested and available for patients by the New Year.
Advocates hope an Australian medicinal cannabis supply chain will slash the cost of products which currently are imported from overseas countries like Canada.
One industry insider said legally imported products were as high as $40,000 a year for patients ($110 per day), driving many people to the black market.
The first Australian production comes as frustrated patients fight governments and doctors for prescriptions.
United in Compassion founder Lucy Haslam, who started campaigning when her son Dan was dying from cancer, said Australia’s