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In what they say is a breakthrough for local medicinal cannabis production, Australian Natural Therapeutics Group has announced they have been granted the first license in NSW to produce large quantities of medicinal cannabis oil for commercial use.

CEO of Australian Natural Therapeutics Group (ANTG), Matt Cantelo, said this signifies a big step in the buy-local movement.

‘Allowing more Australian cultivation of oil for the commercial market will be a major turn for the local industry, which traditionally has high barriers to entry.

The facility, at an undisclosed location on the outskirts of Armidale, is already renowned for producing three high-quality strains of cannabis flower as well as oil extract for research and clinical trials.

‘The difficulty in acquiring commercial licencing has led to a saturation of the Australia medicinal cannabis market from countries such as Canada, where companies are not required to meet the same level of restrictions placed on Australian businesses.’

Australians unable to afford costs of imported oil

‘Many patients in Australia are unable to afford the ongoing costs of imported medicinal cannabis – which can be as much up to $50k a year for the treatment of ailments like epilepsy induced seizures,’ he said.

‘We are seeing patients forced to the black market, or even trying to grow their own, which is not legal, nor safe.’

‘With our Australian made and Australian grown we will be producing the best quality medicine, while passing on the savings to consumers. Everyone wins.’

‘It’s about creating a domestic distribution process, the first step in the normalisation of medicinal cannabis.’

‘We plan to have new varieties of Australian medicinal grade cannabis oils available in the market within the next month.’

The personal experiences of founder

Formed in 2015, ANTG came about following personal experiences of the founder and CEO. It now produces four strains of medicinal cannabis flower, and is about to start production of four oil combinations.

It also partners with research organisations including CSIRO, University of Newcastle and University of Western Sydney, to unlock the potential of cannabis in the fight against cancer, dementia and inflammation.

Canada currently produces the majority of medical cannabis used to treat Australian patients, with thousands of litres of cannabis oil shipped in last year for medical and scientific use.

‘We are required to adhere to the highest level of quality and purity – even more so than other countries like Canada, which are leaders in cultivation of medicinal cannabis.’

ANTG say that at their growing and manufacturing facility everything complies with international quality standards (GMP & GACP) – from the quality of the water to the light and amount of carbon dioxide in the air.

‘This high benchmark has been a welcome approach – it keeps the cowboys out of the industry.’

‘We have been in a state of prohibition for more than 90 years, so we have to build a brand new industry.’

For more information visit: australiannatural.com.

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    • In answer to Michael. Sure, weed has been around for a Very long time but in order to use it as a medicine there are many requirements and the doses need to be regulated. As the world progresses and we know more it’s best to let the experts do the refining and the research to be able to meet the requirements necessary to make this a safe treatment and not Just something that anyone can grow and just use for pleasure. We are talking about a medical treatment for sick people not just something for fun

      • Barefoot ‘doctors’ have been treating and successfully curing people for years, with some of these very efficient health practitioners jailed despite every plant being grown for a specific sick patient. Safe? No body has died in the recorded 5000 years of Cannabis use. Quality? I’d wager that local growers grow better quality than this commercial operation, and grow and produce medicine that is far more tailored to their patients than will be supplied by a commercial one size fits all commercial dose. This is about expensive product for profit not cheap, available and accessible medicine for sick and dying Australians. The State Gov Liberal and Labor members attitude of recent rejection to the expert panels recommendations painfully illustrate the contempt for sick and dying Australians, and contempt for the dominantly harmless recreational use, that is far less damaging physically and socially than the other popular social lubricant alcohol. This “product” is a symptom of the psychotic delusional war on cannabis

    • Michael, these facilities produce a product that is highly regulated in regards to good manufacturing process, and for medical use. Consider laboratory clean rooms and grown without harmful pesticides or plant growth regulators, and are tested for a number of residuals including mould. The same cannot be said for the cannabis or extracts available on the street or home grown. ANTG is also participating in scientific studies that will widen the knowledge and use of cannabis in medicine.
      Great work ANTG!

      • Matt… You clearly have no idea who Michael Balderstone is.
        This is about making criminals of regular Joe and allowing big business to have the monopoly on a plant.
        It’s a plant that was given to us to grown for free. I was paying $350 for 50 ml of CBD oil under TGA approved medicinal. It did nothing for me as they extract the CBD and nothing else.

        Cannabis to work effectively requires all of the cannabinoids within the medicine being made.

        If that is not a scam, I don’t know what it is. I may as well have been drinking hemp oil.

  1. OMG it’s about damn time….why Armidale & why not in our region ?? What a huge opportunity lost. Unfortunately we do need a company or 2 to be able to process the oil (especially for medicinal purposes) to supply a growing market & obviously not everyone can do this independently. How mind boggling ridiculous is this, that after a 100 yrs + this magical plant is STILL illegal & terrifies some ..Go figure, while many of these same people take a concoction of ‘legal’ drugs that are highly dangerous /addictive & can kill.This is the power of our useless Govt & the not so ‘useless’ but immoral drug companies. Some time ago I saw a brilliant poster of JC ( yes the supposed real one ) holding his hand to his head with the memorable wording” I gave them the MOST medicinal plant & they made it illegal” unquote

  2. I am curantly on a drug called tar gin it is addictive but nothing helps my debilitAtaing pains around back pain is chronic I need thi medication to to increase my. Life s comforts I have used it and it works it should be made league for the elder
    Lyi don’t know what’s wrong with these governments they just don’t care worked all our lives the government took our taxes and in return they want to die off we are of no use any more


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