Britain's first legal cannabis farm granted planning permission


Monday, January 28, 2019

Britain's first legal cannabis farm is set to open in Wiltshire after being granted planning permission.

The £10 million greenhouse will span almost eight acres and house cannabis plants which will be turned into cannabidiol and medicinal cannabis.

The farm is being set up by London-based Sativa investments, and could produce as much as eight tonnes of the drug each year.



The move comes after home secretary Sajid Javid announced that doctors would be able to prescribe cannabis-based medicines at the tail end of 2018.

The location of the new farm remains undisclosed, with chief executive of Sativa investments, Geremy Thomas, recounting "local hoodlums" discovering their 10 acre industrial hemp test fields last year.

"Last year it was all about trialling 10 acres of industrial hemp that we were licensed to grow by the Home Office," he told the BBC's Farming Today programme.


'Local hoodlums' 

Sajid Javid announced in October that doctors will be able to prescribe cannabis products to patients. Image: Getty

"One of the problems we had is a security issue where three of the local hoodlums from Frome spotted the fields from afar and started dancing around with their cameras and published that on Facebook, which prompted us to plough the crop into the ground very quickly."

Each square foot of canopy produces 40 grams of raw cannabis plant, global industry standards suggest, which in the past year has had an average wholesale gross revenue of £4 per gram.



Of the 300,000 sq/ft greenhouse, 200,000 sq/ft will be used to grow the cannabis - with the rest made up of walkways and seedlings.

Farmers whose land the greenhouse is built on will be given the option to buy two million shares at 5p per share when the site is running. Its current share price is 11.9p.