Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


First Stepping Stone To Commercial Medical Cannabis Cultivation In Canterbury

Greenlab is one step closer to producing high quality New Zealand grown medicinal cannabis.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Health has approved Greenlab’s application to build a state-of-the-art cultivation facility close to Lincoln, Christchurch. Last year Greenlab was issued a license for cannabis research – the first company in the South Island to receive one.

Director of Research and Commercialisations, Dr Parmjit Randhawa says Greenlab is unique as they will be growing in a soil-less culture in fully controlled indoor environments.

“Our approach will ensure we produce stable and consistent medical grade cannabis products,” says Randhawa.

“We are based at Lincoln University and carry out R&D in growth chambers where we will grow up to 7 test crops in a year using elite genetics, artificial intelligence (AI) and sustainable waste management technologies”.

“Our research led approach will give us an edge, enabling us to scale up commercial cultivation and achieve high yielding, disease free, premium quality pharmaceutical products. Greenlab will also embark on an education and training programme to upskill New Zealand’s workforce in order to support emerging cannabis industry”.

“The potential of New Zealand medical cannabis sector is enormous. As well as our high tech growing approach, our connections to overseas markets and medical cannabis experts set us apart. We have strong linkages with extractors in North America and have medical buyers waiting for to buy what we grow in New Zealand. We also have clinical trial agreements in place for Australia and New Zealand that will kick start through Greenlab imported white label products before the local production starts next year.

“Being awarded our licence to start building our growing facilities is a great news for our region. It will help bring significant investments, infrastructure and jobs.”

Greenlab’s vision is to be a leading developer and supplier of premium quality dry flower, gold standard cannabis extracts and medicinal cannabis products.

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Statistics: Building Activity Down In September Quarter
The volume of building activity in New Zealand fell 8.6 percent in the September 2021 quarter, compared with the June 2021 quarter, Stats NZ said today. Residential building activity fell by 6.4 percent in the September 2021 quarter, while non-residential building activity fell 12 percent... More>>

Government: David McLean Appointed As KiwiRail Chair

David McLean has been appointed as Chair of KiwiRail Holdings Ltd, the Minister for State Owned Enterprises Dr David Clark and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson announced today... More>>

Dairy NZ: ‘More Milk From Fewer Cows’ Trend Continues In A Record Year
Vodafone says it has 10,000 customers using its Wi-Fi Calling service. It took less than three months to reach that milestone; the service began operating in September... More>>

Xero: Data Reveals ICT Expenditure Key To Small Business Sales Growth
Xero, the global small business platform, today released a new report which shows New Zealand small business ICT expenditure has increased 25 percent compared to pre-pandemic levels - more than the UK (20%) and Australia... More>>

Fonterra: Lifts Forecast Farmgate Milk Price Range And Revises Earnings Guidance At First Quarter Update

Fonterra Co-operative Group today lifted its 2021/22 forecast Farmgate Milk Price range, reported a solid start to the 2022 financial year and revised its earnings guidance... More>>

Canterbury Museum: New Research - Bald Haast's Eagle Feasted On Moa Guts

New Zealand’s extinct Haast’s Eagle (Hieraaetus moorei), the largest known eagle, gulped down viscera like a vulture and may even have been bald, new research suggests... More>>

ABC Business Sales: Demand High For Covid-proof Businesses
Despite the continuing challenges facing businesses in this Covid environment, right now there are more buyers looking for a small-medium sized business than there are sellers in the market... More>>