Australia's first ever crop of taxpayer-funded pot: Historic medical marijuana greenhouse opens in Sydney

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Australia's first ever tax-payer funded medical marijuana greenhouse has opened in Sydney.  

The Federal Government relaxed medical cannabis restrictions in March 2018, paving the way for the greenhouse's creation.  

The medical marijuana grown by the NSW state government and will be used to treat those with severe medical conditions such as cancer and epilepsy.  

The medical marijuana grown in the greenhouse will be used to treat those with severe medical conditions such as cancer and epilepsy. The greenhouse is currently in the research stage but once plants can be consistently grown with the same properties, they will be available for purchase

The medical marijuana grown in the greenhouse will be used to treat those with severe medical conditions such as cancer and epilepsy. The greenhouse is currently in the research stage but once plants can be consistently grown with the same properties, they will be available for purchase

The greenhouse is currently in the research stage but once plants can be consistently grown with the same properties, they will be available for purchase. 

NSW Minister for Agriculture, Adam Marshall, said the medical marijuana will contain the same consistant properties. 

'People, whether they're cancer sufferers or suffering epilepsy, can actually purchase the plants, or purchase the product and it be the same product and the same properties and composition each and every time,' Marshall told 7NEWS Sydney. 

'The closest a lot of people have got to these plants is watching them go up in smoke when the police obviously raid facilities and confiscate plants.'

The greenhouse is currently being used to research the best growing techniques for effective medical marijuana. The temperature, humidity, lighting, water and fertilisers levels must be constantly tracked and manipulated in order to grow an appropriate strain for medical usage

The greenhouse is currently being used to research the best growing techniques for effective medical marijuana. The temperature, humidity, lighting, water and fertilisers levels must be constantly tracked and manipulated in order to grow an appropriate strain for medical usage

The greenhouse is currently being used to research the best growing techniques for effective medical marijuana. 

The temperature, humidity, lighting, water and fertilisers levels must be constantly tracked and manipulated in order to grow an appropriate strain for medical usage. 

Dr Philip Wright, Chief Scientist at the greenhouse, believes the research stage is long overdue. 

'(It's) been around forever but it's actually quite surprising how little actual hard research has been done on simple issues of how you cultivate,' said Dr Phil Wright.   

'People, whether they're cancer sufferers or suffering epilepsy, can actually purchase the plants, or purchase the product and it be the same product and the same properties and composition each and every time,' the NSW Minister for Agriculture, Adam Marshall, said
'People, whether they're cancer sufferers or suffering epilepsy, can actually purchase the plants, or purchase the product and it be the same product and the same properties and composition each and every time,' the NSW Minister for Agriculture, Adam Marshall, said

Local police and detectives from the NSW drug squad are heavily involved with the medical marijuana greenhouse. 

Their role is to ensure no criminals target the greenhouse and sell the plants illegally. 

The research phase will continue for several years with several flowered plants being harvested for testing later this year.  

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