In an interview with the Capital B on JOE, Dr. James Linden of Greenlight Pharmaceuticals, one of the country's leading advocates for medicinal cannabis, has said he wants to establish massive 'cannabis farms' in a number of Irish counties.
Linden told host Nick Webb on the latest edition of JOE's business podcast, The Capital B “There’s such a huge opportunity to grow cannabis in Ireland".
"We’re really good at that, we’ve grown it here for years; the people that grow what you might deem the best medical cannabis in the world grow it under lights in Holland.
“They actually think that our climate is better suited to it than Holland’s because there isn’t the concern about excess heat. So really hot summer days put a strain on the system, and in Ireland we don’t have those.”
He now feels that the authorities are warming to the idea of a cannabis-production industry in Ireland.
“There are regulatory issues but the willingness is there, I believe. It produces an awful lot of tax revenue (if nothing else).”
Linden feels there is now a degree of openness to the idea of opening a number of cannabis-growing facilities in Ireland, especially in the last six months.
“We’re looking at locations in Donegal – in Letterkenny – and in Derry. We’d like to go to places where there isn’t a lot of employment.
“We’re also looking at Longford and also around Carlow. You know that garden of Ireland in Lusk? An area that size will be needed to grow the plants to make enough for the global community in medicines.
“To set up a substantial facility, you’re talking about €15m. This is the emerging pharma, biotech sector. I believe that cannabis medicines and other natural medicines will completely take over what we now consider to be pharmaceutical (treatment)."
“Cannabis has been known as a medicine for thousands of years, but for 70 or 80 years it got a bit lost in the wilderness.
“In the last five or seven years we’ve seen the re-emergence of medical cannabis in the United States, and there are lots of companies trying to get medicines from cannabinoids.”
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