Australia’s cannabis industry continues to edge forward under the watchful eye of regulators.

For now, it’s the Office of Drug Control’s world — and domestic cannabis companies just live in it.

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  • The latest update on that front is from medicinal cannabis player Cann Group (ASX: CAN), which just got approval from the ODC for its two existing manufacturing facilities in Melbourne.

    Shares in Cann Group were up almost 6 per cent in morning trade to $2.33.

    Charting the course

    “The licences relate to the manufacturing, packaging, storage, transport and disposal of medicinal cannabis in final dose and intermediate forms,” Cann Group said.

    The company said it now holds all the necessary licenses for cultivation and production under the Narcotics Act, as well as import/export permissions under the Customs Act.

    But to complete the manufacturing approval process, Cann Group will still need to apply for and receive the relevant permits related to the “undertaking of specific activities” under the licenses.

    Cann Group CEO Peter Crock said the ODC licenses will support the company’s “fully integrated business model strategy”. The two Melbourne sites will complement Cann’s 34,000 sq/m growing facility in Mildura.

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    “We remain confident that our revenue growth and operating leverage will lead to profitability in our consumer health business in FY20,” the company said.