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Opium poppy fields to pop up in NSW

AAP logoAAP 24/08/2016

NSW farmers will be able to grow alkaloid poppies after a bill was passed through NSW Parliament legalising the production of the crops.

The bill, which passed through state parliament on Wednesday, will enable alkaloid poppies - used to manufacture medications including morphine, codeine and thebaine - to be safely and securely grown in the state.

Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair says the production of these medicines will play a vital role in aiding the quality of life for many people in NSW and will provide opportunity for future industry growth.

Poppy crops are expected to be planted in 2017 and will be regulated at a state, national and international level.

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