Australian medical Cannabis startup LeafCann has been in talks with the North Ayrshire Council. The discussions could see Scotland get its first legal cannabis farm.
The negotiations follow a January decision to allow cannabis to be grown legally in the UK. London-based Sativa Investments was given permission for a 7.5 acre greenhouse to be constructed at a site in Wiltshire, where up to 8 tons of the drug will be produced each year for medical compounds and cannabis oil product.
A North Ayrshire Council spokesperson said: “We are aware of interest from LeafCann and we’ve had initial discussions with them. There is nothing imminent or close to being agreed.”
Scottish Labour’s health spokeswoman Monica Lennon welcomed the news of the cannabis farm talks.
She said: “Urgent action is needed to make sure people who would benefit from medicinal cannabis prescriptions for painful and life-limiting conditions get them. It’s encouraging to hear that talks are under way that could lead to the improved availability of medicinal cannabis within Scotland’s NHS.”
Medical cannabis products containing THC were illegal in the UK until November last year, doctors are now able to prescribe medications based on cannabis for conditions such as epilepsy or chronic pain. Few prescriptions have actually been given out however, with doctors still wary about proceedings.