End of opium poppy monopoly divides views across the Tasman

New agreement will permit plants to be grown across Australia with Victoria the first state to start planting lucrative crop

The federal government has broken Tasmanias 43-year opium poppy monopoly, agreeing to expand cultivation of the narcotic crop to the mainland.

After lobbying by the pharmaceutical industry, the health minister, Peter Dutton, has written to state and territory counterparts seeking a revision to the 1971 agreement that restricted the $ 120m industry to the island state.

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