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Australia makes cautious entry into medicinal marijuana market

It signals intention for homegrown industry after Canada, Israel and many US states legalise the plant for medicine

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Mr Crook examining two-months-old cannabis cuttings at an undisclosed location in Australia. The CEO of Cann Group, which was granted the country's first commercial grower's licence, says: "I think we'll see Australia punch above its weight, both in agriculture research as well as medical technology."

Melbourne

AT a secret location in Australia's south-east, Peter Crook delicately tends to a two-month-old cannabis cutting.

Barely knee high, it is one of about 50 government-sanctioned "mother plants" to be cloned for future generations of crops for the country's fledgling

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