As The Telegraph's Business News Editor Julia Bradshawreports, cannabis "will be grown in British Sugar’s 18-hectare glasshouse in Wissington, Norfolk, where the company, a subsidiary of Associated British Foods, is currently cultivating tomatoes. The space is the equivalent of 23 football pitches."
18 hectares is equivalent to just under 45 acres. This should be a higher margin crop for British Sugar to grow in the greenhouses. That is enough space to cultivate a lot of cannabis. According to Julia Bradshaw's Telegraph report, "the glasshouse will provide enough raw crop a year to treat 40,000 children globally" through GW Pharmaceutical's in-development epilepsy treatment.
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The cannabis supplied to GW Pharmaceuticals will likely be used for manufacturing both its Sativex multiple sclerosis spasticity treatment (which is also under development for cancer pain treatment) and an epilepsy treatment called Epidiolex that is further down GW Pharmaceuticals' pipeline.
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