Intellectual property battle over cannabis products already being fought

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Experts are expecting overseas competition in an industry race to patent medical marijuana products ahead of next year’s cannabis referendum.  But a legislative “road block” could hamstring big business. 

Though New Zealand’s medical marijuana industry is in its infancy, a UK company has already filed 14 patents that would give them a lock on the use of cannabidiol (CBD) to treat a wide range of diseases and disorders.  While some overseas pharmaceutical giants have successfully patented medicin

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