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Frequently asked questions:

Our two locations are blessed with long sunshine hours and intense UV ratings. This is important as the greater the sunshine hours and UV light, the more cannabinoids and flavonoids get produced. We believe this will allow us to produce high quality, high potency cannabis at lower costs.

Puro's Cultivation Director also expects the elevated coastal location of our outdoor site at Kēkerengū provides the ideal site for its outdoor crops and its organic growing protocols. The coastal location protects plants from frost damage, while the gentle salt spray and coastal breeze helps to naturally ward off pests and disease.

Thanks to our investors, we’ve been able Puro to turn our potential into action, culminating with the planting of New Zealand’s largest medical cannabis crop in the summer of 2020/21.

We have also established our research centre in Waihopai, Blenheim, which is now operational with high-THC plants growing.

In addition, we have:

  • built the country’s biggest medical cannabis drying facility
  • formed an internationally experienced team
  • Imported medical cannabis seeds and genetics
  • begun the organic certification process
  • invested in site security
  • purchased equipment including transplanters and bedformers
  • undertaken detailed design work for our proposed indoor facilities
  • developed a comprehensive quality management system for its outdoor cultivation programme.

Yes – if you have the right licences!

Puro has the licences it needs to grow – a Medicinal Cannabis Licence with authorisations for Cultivation Activities at both its indoor and outdoor sites, and a Supply Activity at our Kēkerengū site which permits export of cannabis. To complete export, we will also need to have our product reviewed to ensure it meets the Medicinal Cannabis Schemes Minimum Quality Standards, and apply for a Licence to Export a Controlled Drug.

Puro has received Licences to Import a Controlled Drug in 2020 which enabled the import of our cannabis seeds into New Zealand.

Medical cannabis is a rapidly growing global industry.

The global medical cannabis market is currently valued at NZ$29 billion and growing at 28 per cent annually (Global Cannabis Market (2020-2026) – Emergence of Cannabis Legalization in Asia-Pacific Presents Opportunities).

Puro commissioned a report from The Agribusiness Group into the New Zealand market which shows the enormous economic potential the industry has here. That report concluded that if just 1% New Zealanders obtained a prescription for it, the market could be worth $379 million each year in New Zealand alone.

Puro has the licences it needs to grow – a Medicinal Cannabis Licence including authority for Nursery Activity and Cultivation Activities at both its Waihopai and Kēkerengū sites. Puro has successfully imported medical cannabis seed under a licence to import a controlled drug. Puro can supply cannabis material domestically under its current licence and has applied for a supply activity to permit the export of cannabis material. Export licences will also be required at the time of each export consignment.

We can only apply for export licences after our product has been approved by the Ministry of Health as meeting the quality standards for export.

Once our plants are harvested we boutique dry our organic outdoor top flower for local and export markets, with the remainder of the plants machine-processed to be sold in bulk form suitable for high value extraction. Our indoor cultivars will be hand-harvested and boutique-dried and sold as premium dried manicured flower or plant mass for extraction.

Our Security Operating Procedures have been submitted and approved by the Ministry of Health. We are following strict protocols and international best practice to ensure our people and our products are kept safe at all times.

YES! In December 2021 Puro received organic certification for its outdoor crops at Kēkerengū from BioGro, New Zealand's largest and best-known certifier for organic produce and products.

Puro is the only large-scale organic outdoor grower in New Zealand and Australia and one of very few certified organic medical cannabis growers globally.

Puro’s focus is now on its indoor growing facilities and research centre at Waihopai, near Blenheim, with a vision to commence organic certification for these facilities in the near future.

Over 95% of the medical cannabis we produce will be low-THC (1% or less of the psychoactive ingredient THC) so won’t produce the “high” commonly associated with recreational marijuana.

Yes, if you are interested in trying medical cannabis, the best place to start is to talk to your doctor.

Our research will follow three pillars of investigation:

  • Genetics – Our botanists will refine and develop different strains of medical cannabis, and register stable cultivars that are suited to New Zealand climatic requirements and match the needs of our pharmaceutical buyers.
  • Cultivation – At Puro we want to understand more about ideal growth conditions and the impacts this has on cannabinoids production. Our scientists and science partners will be exploring things such as nutrient regime, water availability, light quantity and quality, and shifts in orientation to maximise the yield of our plants and minimise waste.
  • Post-harvest processing – To optimise drying time and minimise energy use, Puro has created a custom-built portable drying facility, with temperature and humidity controls, fans, dehumidifiers and artificial intelligence. As part of our sustainability objectives, we are committed to growing and finding new ways to process biowaste. A long term goal is to investigate using plant degradation gases to power turbines to reduce power consumption and harness carbon dioxide to reuse in the growing process.

Growing premium medical cannabis indoors and outdoors requires significant capital investment. This was signalled in our first crowdfunding campaign in 2019 when we allowed for a $12m debt and equity raise.

In April 2021 Puro successfully raised $2million on PledgeMe to support the fit-out of our breeding facility at Waihopai.

Visit https://puro.co.nz/invest for updates on any future raises.

We will enable share trading on the Orchestra platform. In the meantime, if you know a buyer you can trade with them at any time, subject to the approval of the Board. Please get in touch if you would like to make a private trade and we can work with you to complete this process.

We would not encourage anyone who is buying for a short-term return to invest – this is a long-term investment.

We are working directly with a number of licensed buyers in New Zealand and overseas. We have recently announced a five-year, multi-million dollar deal with Auckland-based Helius Therapeutics which will see Puro supplying 10 tonnes of organic medical cannabis to Helius over the next five years.

Our two locations are blessed with long sunshine hours and intense UV ratings. This is important as the greater the sunshine hours and UV light, the more cannabinoids and flavonoids get produced. We believe this will allow us to produce high quality, high potency cannabis at lower costs.

Puro's Cultivation Director also expects the elevated coastal location of our outdoor site at Kēkerengū provides the ideal site for its outdoor crops and its organic growing protocols. The coastal location protects plants from frost damage, while the gentle salt spray and coastal breeze helps to naturally ward off pests and disease.

Thanks to our investors, we’ve been able Puro to turn our potential into action, culminating with the planting of New Zealand’s largest medical cannabis crop in the summer of 2020/21.

We have also established our research centre in Waihopai, Blenheim, which is now operational with high-THC plants growing.

In addition, we have:

  • built the country’s biggest medical cannabis drying facility
  • formed an internationally experienced team
  • Imported medical cannabis seeds and genetics
  • begun the organic certification process
  • invested in site security
  • purchased equipment including transplanters and bedformers
  • undertaken detailed design work for our proposed indoor facilities
  • developed a comprehensive quality management system for its outdoor cultivation programme.

Yes – if you have the right licences!

Puro has the licences it needs to grow – a Medicinal Cannabis Licence with authorisations for Cultivation Activities at both its indoor and outdoor sites, and a Supply Activity at our Kēkerengū site which permits export of cannabis. To complete export, we will also need to have our product reviewed to ensure it meets the Medicinal Cannabis Schemes Minimum Quality Standards, and apply for a Licence to Export a Controlled Drug.

Puro has received Licences to Import a Controlled Drug in 2020 which enabled the import of our cannabis seeds into New Zealand.

Medical cannabis is a rapidly growing global industry.

The global medical cannabis market is currently valued at NZ$29 billion and growing at 28 per cent annually (Global Cannabis Market (2020-2026) – Emergence of Cannabis Legalization in Asia-Pacific Presents Opportunities).

Puro commissioned a report from The Agribusiness Group into the New Zealand market which shows the enormous economic potential the industry has here. That report concluded that if just 1% New Zealanders obtained a prescription for it, the market could be worth $379 million each year in New Zealand alone.

Puro has the licences it needs to grow – a Medicinal Cannabis Licence including authority for Nursery Activity and Cultivation Activities at both its Waihopai and Kēkerengū sites. Puro has successfully imported medical cannabis seed under a licence to import a controlled drug. Puro can supply cannabis material domestically under its current licence and has applied for a supply activity to permit the export of cannabis material. Export licences will also be required at the time of each export consignment.

We can only apply for export licences after our product has been approved by the Ministry of Health as meeting the quality standards for export.

Once our plants are harvested we boutique dry our organic outdoor top flower for local and export markets, with the remainder of the plants machine-processed to be sold in bulk form suitable for high value extraction. Our indoor cultivars will be hand-harvested and boutique-dried and sold as premium dried manicured flower or plant mass for extraction.

Our Security Operating Procedures have been submitted and approved by the Ministry of Health. We are following strict protocols and international best practice to ensure our people and our products are kept safe at all times.

YES! In December 2021 Puro received organic certification for its outdoor crops at Kēkerengū from BioGro, New Zealand's largest and best-known certifier for organic produce and products.

Puro is the only large-scale organic outdoor grower in New Zealand and Australia and one of very few certified organic medical cannabis growers globally.

Puro’s focus is now on its indoor growing facilities and research centre at Waihopai, near Blenheim, with a vision to commence organic certification for these facilities in the near future.

Over 95% of the medical cannabis we produce will be low-THC (1% or less of the psychoactive ingredient THC) so won’t produce the “high” commonly associated with recreational marijuana.

Yes, if you are interested in trying medical cannabis, the best place to start is to talk to your doctor.

Our research will follow three pillars of investigation:

  • Genetics – Our botanists will refine and develop different strains of medical cannabis, and register stable cultivars that are suited to New Zealand climatic requirements and match the needs of our pharmaceutical buyers.
  • Cultivation – At Puro we want to understand more about ideal growth conditions and the impacts this has on cannabinoids production. Our scientists and science partners will be exploring things such as nutrient regime, water availability, light quantity and quality, and shifts in orientation to maximise the yield of our plants and minimise waste.
  • Post-harvest processing – To optimise drying time and minimise energy use, Puro has created a custom-built portable drying facility, with temperature and humidity controls, fans, dehumidifiers and artificial intelligence. As part of our sustainability objectives, we are committed to growing and finding new ways to process biowaste. A long term goal is to investigate using plant degradation gases to power turbines to reduce power consumption and harness carbon dioxide to reuse in the growing process.

Growing premium medical cannabis indoors and outdoors requires significant capital investment. This was signalled in our first crowdfunding campaign in 2019 when we allowed for a $12m debt and equity raise.

In April 2021 Puro successfully raised $2million on PledgeMe to support the fit-out of our breeding facility at Waihopai.

Visit https://puro.co.nz/invest for updates on any future raises.

We will enable share trading on the Orchestra platform. In the meantime, if you know a buyer you can trade with them at any time, subject to the approval of the Board. Please get in touch if you would like to make a private trade and we can work with you to complete this process.

We would not encourage anyone who is buying for a short-term return to invest – this is a long-term investment.

We are working directly with a number of licensed buyers in New Zealand and overseas. We have recently announced a five-year, multi-million dollar deal with Auckland-based Helius Therapeutics which will see Puro supplying 10 tonnes of organic medical cannabis to Helius over the next five years.

NZ Man Arrested for Growing Cannabis

A 51-year old man who has been arrested in New Zealand for growing cannabis has said that it was done solely for medical purposes since it helped alleviate pain.

Peter Davy, who is dying from cancer, was arrested by police for possession of cannabis, cultivating cannabis, importing cannabis seeds and unlicensed possession of a rifle. However his wife, who is a multiple sclerosis patient, said that the only reason for them to grow cannabis was because it helped them get relief from pain.

Davy’s arrest has been criticized by a number of people in the country with Greencross Auckland’s Stephen McIntyre saying that Davy deserves compassion since he is clearly using medicinal cannabis in order to remain pain free in order to take care of his partner.

“No-one can question his validity of using cannabis for pain or MS – the legal prescribing of medical cannabis in Canada, Europe and the United States for both conditions attests to its efficacy”, McIntyre added.

Cannabis bust worth $1m

A cannabis growing venture at a couple’s secluded rural property on Wharekahika Road, Te Araroa, was one of the biggest for the past 10 years in this region, Gisborne District Court was told.

Its estimated yield could have been worth up to $1 million, Crown prosecutor Steve Manning said.

It was determined offending. In December, 2017, a crop of 1000 plants was discovered and sprayed from the air by police in an annual crime operation. But 50 days later police acting on a covert warrant, discovered a replacement crop albeit slightly smaller (758 plants) and only about a fortnight off being ready for harvest.

Wharo Daniel Taniora, 51, and Jacqueline Sophia Brooking, 40, appeared together in the dock for sentencing, each pleading guilty to a jointly-laid charge of possession of cannabis for sale and Taniora pleaded guilty to further charges of cannabis cultivation and two counts of attempting to import cannabis seeds.

Judge Warren Cathcart jailed Taniora, who has previous criminal history, for three years, four months.

Brooking, who has no prior convictions, was sentenced to eight months’ home detention.

The sentence starting point for Taniora was five and a half years, for Brooking it was three and a half years.

Both received a full 25 percent discount for their guilty pleas.

Each received 12 months discount in lieu of an order for forfeiture to the Crown of half the value of their home — $53,000. (They had owned the house outright but organised finance to cover the likelihood of the order.)

Their other assets are subject to parallel High Court proceedings.

Judge Cathcart said while the charges against Brooking had to be considered as separate from the cultivation, it was in a context that she could not have been unaware of the cultivation and processing that was all going on “full steam” around her.

Mr Manning said it was not known if there would have been a second crop had the first not been destroyed, but it was likely.

The couple were arrested on February 21, 2018. Police with a search warrant went to their property but could not immediately access it due to a flooded river crossing over the driveway.

As they sat and waited, officers saw unknown people at the property fleeing into nearby bush.

‘Well thought of’ in communityTaniora was seen using his Polaris motorbike to transport two large (200 litre capacity) blue drums into the bush.

By the time police got to the house, it was empty.

Brooking was found, sweating and out of breath, near a chicken coop, that was clearly being used for drying and processing cannabis. Another shed, painted in camouflage design, was also being used for that purpose.

Taniora arrived back at the house on his motorbike. He had come from a well-established track connecting the house to the cannabis crop, which was planted in five plots.

Cut and semi-dried cannabis plants were found scattered along the track.

The plots were all well-tended and protected with possum traps and boundary fences.

Common items used throughout the property linked the plots, the coop and the shed with the couple’s home. Camera equipment set up between the house and one of the plots contained images of Taniora tending the cannabis plants. One image was time stamped from a year earlier.

The drums Taniora was seen taking into the bush, were retrieved and found to contain about 13.6kg of partially processed cannabis head and leaf material and other items including scissors.

Similar drums were located elsewhere around the property and house.

A wool fadge also found in the bush contained a further 6.3kg of partially dried cannabis head material.

Four firearms were found but counsel Bill Nabney noted they were properly secured in gun safes and were not directly linked to the offending. Taniora was well known as a keen hunter and fisherman, Mr Nabney said.

Electronic scales were found alongside the rifles in one of the gun safes.

Mr Manning said neither of the pair were employed or had any legitimate means of income including any benefit. More than $12,000 cash was found in various locations at the property and there were signs of wealthy living.

Analysis of the couple’s bank accounts showed they had little cash flow yet they afforded significant improvements to their home — solar panels, new sheds, a new chiller. They had new vehicles, including a tandem trailer and three Toyota Hilux vehicles.

The cannabis seed charges against Taniora arose from emails found on his computer showing transactions with a company in the Netherlands. On April 15, 2015, he ordered $5370 worth of seeds. He ordered more on April 20, 2015. It is not known whether the seeds arrived.

Mr Nabney emphasised the lack of sophistication and lesser financial gain to be made by outdoor cultivations compared with indoor, hydroponic ones.

He said both defendants were well thought of in their community and numerous references to that effect were before the court.