[27 July/NZ Herald]

MediCann is a cannabis company that aims to build an agricultural industry to match the kiwifruit sector. It plans to follow a similar growing and cultivation model to Zespri’s.  Managing Director, Brendon Ogilvy, said it had exclusive New Zealand rights to more than 30 medically certified cannabis strains. He added the company was ready to release grower licences pending final decisions by the Government on medicinal cannabis. Growers would apply to become a licenced producer. He noted it was an ambitious plan but the company was ready. Horticulture growers and iwi had already expressed strong interest in partnering with MediCann. It would purchase the crops and manufacture the products to meet estimated domestic demand and provide for future exports. Export opportunities could begin within a few years if the bill is passed. Board member, Elizabeth Plant, said it planned to produce the best quality pharmaceutical grade cannabis at the most affordable price for New Zealanders.v