Country’s biggest medicinal cannabis crop taking shape

The planting of New Zealand’s largest cannabis crop is well underway, with about 80,000 seedlings soon to cover 10 football fields at a rural Marlborough site.

Medicinal cannabis company Puro received a licence from the Ministry of Health in September, allowing it to commercially cultivate cannabis for medical use at its Kēkerengū site, north of Kaikōura.

On Friday, a team of about 10 were planting the CBD and CBG seedlings shipped from Australia, the Netherlands and America.

The seeds spent four weeks growing in a nursery before they were transported to the site for planting.

Puro will plant 80,000, or 10 football fields, of plants CBD and CBG seedlings the site.

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Puro will plant 80,000, or 10 football fields, of plants CBD and CBG seedlings the site.

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Puro director Tim Aldridge said all processes so far were organic, and the company were working towards their certification.

“It’s chemical free agriculture and this will continue throughout. So Puro is underway with what we believe is one of the world’s largest organic cannabis farms,” Aldridge said.

Puro director Tim Aldridge with cannabis plants soon to be planted at New Zealand’s largest medicinal crop.

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Puro director Tim Aldridge with cannabis plants soon to be planted at New Zealand’s largest medicinal crop.

The plants were low in THC, and therefore could not be…

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