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In full production, the cannabis farm will employ roughly 1,000 staff.

ANTG has an existing supply chain and facility in regional NSW, and access to European export markets.

Mr Cantelo said the build would be staged depending on the demand, with the first stage only producing a quarter of the facility's potential.

Two medicinal marijuana companies have fast-tracked plans to build a large cannabis farm in the conservative heartland of Queensland.

Rapidly rising domestic demand

The scheme allows any GP to apply to TGA to prescribe patients cannabinoid medicines.

The $400-million facility will focus on the growth, manufacturing and research of medicinal products.

A merger of Australian-owned Australian Natural Therapeutics Group (ANTG) and Canadian-owned Asterion Cannabis Inc has hastened construction plans by up to two years, according to ANTG chief executive Matt Cantelo.

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Earlier this year ANTG signed a $92 million, nine-year deal with German company Cannamedical Pharma to export commercially-grown Australian medical cannabis to Europe.

"We're seeing significant 10-20 per cent increases [in demand] month on month," Mr Cantelo said.

Not so fast. Before you grab the shovel and watering can, lets get this straight: no, you can t start growing and consuming your own marijuana in Australia it s still illegal.

Recently, in response to the legislative changes made by the Federal Government, we have been contacted by quite a few people looking for information about how they can start their own cannabis farm or shop, here in Australia.

Sweet! So now I can swap the carrots growing in my backyard for cannabis?

The recent changes to cannabis cultivation laws have also caused some challenges for hemp growers who intend on supplying medicinal cannabis manufacturers and researchers, because anything classed as medicinal cannabis must now be grown in a glasshouse. Barry Lambert recently spoke about how the new laws will affect his ability to continue growing hemp, which he supplies to Sydney University to undertake research into cannabinoids. You can read more about the story here.

Why not?

What are the changes that have been made?

Getting a licence to grow medical cannabis could also take a while. The Victorian Agriculture Minister has already indicated it could take up to four years from initial application to approval.