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High fences topped with barbed wire surround the Medifarm complex on the Sunshine Coast. Secrecy has surrounded a media visit to Queensland’s first licensed cannabis farm, which is nearing completion on the Sunshine Coast. The first medicinal cannabis ‘mother’ plants are expected to be imported from Israel within a month, with manufacturing scheduled to begin within the first half of this year, to supply 5,000 Australian patients. Journalists were required to sign non-disclosure agreements, promising not to reveal the location of the multi-million dollar facility, before Medifarm director Adam Benjamin led a convoy to the high-security site. The Federal Government has approved the sale of medicinal marijuana. But it still won’t be easy for people to get a prescription. Secrecy, security paramount as Queensland’s first licensed medicinal cannabis farm nears completion

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