Cannatrek CEO Tommy Huppert has said the Australian medical cannabis industry is well positioned to innovate, but it needs support from the Government and economic security if it is to achieve its potential. 

Huppert told Cannabiz: “Innovation in product development will happen. It’s great to talk about that, but the glue is missing: the economic confidence. We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow as far as things like import tariffs are concerned. So many of these things come down to the stroke of a pen and this is a capital intensive industry.”

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Huppert called on the Government – especially the Therapeutic Goods Administration – to create more clarity for owners and investors. 

Cannatrek CEO Tommy Huppert

He said more transparency on things such as import tariffs and proposed rebates through the PBS would aid industry confidence and support investment. 

“The market buzz has imploded here and there have been major investment losses. There aren’t many companies that are trading higher than at their IPO,” said Huppert. 

While the Victorian Government has said it wants to make the state the growing capital of Australia, Huppert said the industry would need more confidence before it invests.

“Why would you build a plant here? It’s too risky,” he said.

Huppert said Cannatrek’s game plan is to ‘disrupt the whole supply chain’ because it wants Australians to be able to buy from Australians.