Sunny Portugal: A gateway to Europe's medical pot market


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  • Thursday, 25 Apr 2019

Tilray Chief Executive Brendan Kennedy poses outside a hothouse at the Tilray cannabis factory in Cantanhede, Portugal April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

CANTANHEDE, Portugal (Reuters) - Famous for its roasted suckling pig and wines, the Portuguese city of Cantanhede now hosts the country's first medical cannabis production farm - a budding European hub of efforts to meet growing demand for the flowering herb.

Portugal's California-like weather caught the eye of Canada-based Tilray as its CEO Brendan Kennedy roved around Europe from 2015 to 2017 in search of the perfect spot for a new production site.

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