One of the interesting thing I came across while vacationing in Australia in February.....was the pace or path they going for legalized medical marijuana.
The Aussie Senate passed the changes necessary.....to create a national license process.
So, while it's still probably a year away.....there will be two licenses.
If you want to grow medical marijuana.....you will apply for this state license and meet some basic requirements for it. You could only sell.....to a licensed distributor or shop.
All of this is pumping up some business folks to examine which versions would work best in Australia and fit the requirement of medical marijuana. Dealers might tell you something....but it's not scientific in nature....just a 'feeling'. So companies are now engaged and will follow through.
You almost get this impression that bulk plantations will likely come out of this....where some company runs an operation in a fairly warm zone (Brisbane and above), and there would be a dozen-odd people cultivating and collecting leaves for the business operation.
All of this bulk farming business.....means that the small time dealer is probably finished (at least five years down the line). By 2025....you'd find medical marijuana there in your local distributor shop....grown only by twenty-odd plantation operations over all Australia (my humble opinion). All of this begs the question of how things might develop in the US, and mass production really goes into the 'norm'.