New Zealand grower Puro has begun harvesting 10 hectares of organically grown medicinal cannabis, the country’s largest crop, at its Kekerengu farm on the Kaikoura Coast. 

The low-THC crop was planted in December and will be dried on site at a purpose-built facility.

Puro site manager Winston Macfarlane: amazing response from potential buyers

Site manager Winston Macfarlane told stuff.co.nz: “The response we’ve had from potential buyers that have visited our site is amazing, and they’re really happy and surprised how well we’ve done to get to this volume of material under organic practice.” 

“There are only a handful of companies worldwide that are growing outdoor, at this scale, in an organic manner.

“We’ve chosen to go organic because it’s firstly what we believe in from a health and wellbeing point of view, but also it will set us apart from all of our competitors and demand a higher price point.”

Puro is in the process of getting its organic certification. The company has received and processed small volume orders for New Zealand’s medical cannabis industry. Once products have been dried and tested, Puro will start the compliance processes required for export.