It's the dream job for many, about to become a reality. Greg Bruce talks to the forces behind the new wave of medicinal cannabis production.

TVNZ's Sunday programme last year aired a story about two of the as-yet non-existent medical cannabis industry's leading players. Ruatoria-based Hikurangi Cannabis was represented primarily by one of its growers, a guy with a missing tooth, in hi-vis vest and gumboots, who had been in and out of prison for years and who had self-proclaimed high proficiency in cultivating the stickiest of sticky buds.

Auckland-based Helius was represented mostly by its executive director and public