An ambitious proposed medical cannabis project near Tamworth in the Australian state New South Wales has entered its public comment phase.
Back in May, Cann Pharmaceutical Australia submitted a development application associated with multi-million dollar medical cannabis cultivation and production facility in New South Wales’ Tamworth Regional Council area.
To be constructed at 37 Evans Lane in Appleby on a 108-hectare site, Cann intends to build a 9,417m2 greenhouse, a 500m2 greenhouse and 895.61m2 production facility that will be used grow and produce medical cannabis to be distributed throughout Australia. Also included in the build would be various shedding, a guard house for security and a number of rainwater tanks for a total capacity of 190,000 litres.
The production facility incorporates facilities for curing, drying, trimming, packing and distribution, along with a couple of break rooms, amenities, storage areas, a lockable safe, changing rooms and meeting and archive room.
The application began its public submission period on September 24, which runs until next Monday, October 11.
If you head out to Cann Pharmaceutical’s web site, you will find little mentioned about the venture. In fact, nothing from what I could see. But there is this Statement of Environmental Effects report that provides a good amount of detail on the company’s plans.
Cann says the facility would not create any detrimental impacts on the area and is expected to provide economic and social benefits to the local economy and regional community; for example, through jobs.
The site has previously been used for grazing/cropping and is zoned RU1 Primary Production. Based on the zoning, the facility would be compliant as that classification covers a broad range of lands utilised for activities including intensive plant agriculture. There are reportedly no threatened species or endangered ecological communities known on the site or within proximity to it.
Cann Pharmaceutical’s proposed project isn’t the only one for the Tamworth Regional Council area – and there has been a facility established previously. Australia’s first medicinal cannabis farm situated near Tamworth was officially opened back in 2016 but it’s not clear how that project is progressing or whether it is still operating.