A WA company has begun cultivating its first plants at a facility south of Perth.Picture: File image
THE first crop of medical cannabis is being grown in WA by a company that has a former director-general of health as an adviser.
Perth phytopharmaceutical company Little Green Pharma is cultivating its first plants at a secure hydroponic growing facility south of Perth.
The company said it was the first time medical cannabis had been grown locally and it expected to have product available for patients within the first few months of next year.
Dr Neale Fong, a former WA director-general of health, sits on its advisory board, and Perth GP Joe Kosterich is a medical adviser.
Perth phytopharmaceutical company Little Green Pharma is cultivating its first plants at a secure hydroponic growing facility south of Perth.Picture: File image
Little Green Pharma managing director Fleta Solomon said 13 companies were licensed to produce medical cannabis in Australia but only a few had a permit to start production.
Her company was the only one in WA with a licence and permit to grow plants locally.
It had taken six months of work for it to reach cultivation stage this week.
It had developed a novel delivery system which allowed patients to use a “micro dose”.
The products would be manufactured at a local licensed facility monitored by health authorities.
The company also planned to start research on the use of medical cannabis with several WA and overseas research institutions.
Originally published here: https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/health/perth-company-little-green-pharma-grows-was-first-medicinal-cannabis-crop-ng-b88691777z