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Thomas Forrest

Year of Award: 2018 Award State: Victoria Agriculture > General
Health And Medicine > General
To enhance the standard of medical cannabis cultivation in Australian licensed facilities - Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Denmark, Israel

Fellowship recommendations

  • Education about cannabis secondary metabolite profile and API, instead of existing ‘strain’ misinformation is essential
  • Allow and encourage outdoor cannabis production for any economic purpose to stimulate rural areas
  • Further development of post-production infrastructure is needed (i.e. harvesting equipment and sites for processing of industrial hemp products, local manufacturing of cannabis products)
  • Develop multiple centralised manufacturing sites to reduce production costs and ‘flower miles’
  • Biodynamic cultivation principles are essential for farm longevity – farmers should source local or develop required biological inputs on site where possible. Strive for closed-loop cultivation and regenerative agriculture
  • Compliance can hinder industry and agronomy; Avoid restrictive cultivation methodology SOPs and plant quantity limitations; Avoid costly and impractical waste destruction requirements; Avoid impractical labour solutions or restrictions
  • Sharing of information and education is desperately desired by cannabis cultivators worldwide
  • Implement reasonable relevant agronomic, security and legal practices for differing cannabis commodities
  • Small scale cannabis ‘craft’ / ‘artisanal’ / ‘boutique’ cultivation should be a legitimate industry
  • Cannabis as a pharmaceutical product can be grown with GAP outdoors or in semi-protected cropping applications, so long as effective GMP post-harvest protocols are observed
  • Encourage clinical trials, agricultural research and botanical research for all cultivars of cannabis
  • Cannabinoids may be synthesised in a laboratory; our industry needs to evolve accordingly.
  • Allow and encourage laboratory analytics and sample testing for all cultivators, home-growers, hobby farmers and commercial groups
  • Ensure that any future discussions of legal cannabis also includes complete amnesty for those suffering unnecessarily for ‘cannabis crimes’
  • We should treat cannabis like any other agricultural commodity 


Keywords: Cannabis legislation, CBD, hemp, cannabis commodities, cultivation, propagation, harvesting, compliance. sustainability

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