Australia’s cannabis producers will receive a post-COVID-19 tonic if legislation to certify the export of narcotic goods, including hemp and medicinal cannabis, passes through parliament as expected.

According to a report from AAP, Agriculture Minister David Littleproud introduced the legislation in a move to slash red tape and position Australian agriculture to capitalise on an export boom once the Coronavirus crisis has passed.

He told parliament on Wednesday: “We want our agricultural industries to be able to capitalise on the opportunities that flow from growth in our region and globally. This bill allows the growth of export markets for the hemp and medicinal cannabis industries.”

Medicinal cannabis exports were approved by The Office of Drug Control in February 2018. The new legislation has cross-party support, meaning its passage into law is almost certain.