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November 7, 2019

‘People really appreciate the effort’: Canadian growers adopting recyclable packaging to stand out

Cannabis producers are proving you can judge a book by its cover.With heavy restrictions on what they are allowed to put on legal packaging, many Canadian growers are making a statement with the packaging itself.“We’ve been hearing nothing but negative energy (about) the packaging strategies that have a lot of paper and a lot of waste,” Troy Dezwart, executive director and co-founder of Alberta-based Freedom Cannabis told the Winnipeg Free Press.In response, the company made the decision to start selling its products in small, distinctive tin containers, that achieve three things: They keep the product fresher, they have a distinct look and they are made for the recycling bin.

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November 7, 2019

Alberta cannabis producer readies Canada’s largest rooftop solar array

An Alberta-based cannabis producer is weeks away from flipping the switch on what it says will be Canada’s largest array of rooftop solar panels.Freedom Cannabis expects to activate the 1,830-kilowatt array at its facility 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of Edmonton in November.The initiative is, in part, an answer to the growing amount of power consumed by the cannabis industry.

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November 7, 2019

New, recyclable cannabis containers ready for blue bin New packaging options can now be recycled through regular municipal recycling programs

New, readily recyclable cannabis packaging options could be a valuable marketing tool, say Canadian cannabis producers who hope unique, sustainable containers will help their bud get noticed amongst the torrent of hard-to-recycle plastic jars on legal cannabis store shelves, some of which come wrapped in extra layers of outer packaging."We've been hearing nothing but negative energy (about) the packaging strategies that have a lot of paper and a lot of waste," said Troy Dezwart, executive director and co-founder of Acheson, Alta.-based Freedom Cannabis.

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November 7, 2019

Edmonton-area cannabis company offers classes to catch supply up to demand

There’s a shortage of skilled workers for the growing marijuana sector, where demand for the product is outrunning supply, says an Edmonton-area cannabis company.That’s why Freedom Cannabis, operating out of a 126,000-sq.-ft. facility just west of Edmonton in Acheson, is facilitating a training class, alongside NorQuest College, to help give students the knowledge required to work in all realms of the industry.

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November 7, 2019

'That's a thing now?': Alta. pot producer partners with NorQuest to offer class on cannabis

A cannabis producer and community college in Edmonton have teamed up to prepare for a potential labour shortage in the industry.Freedom Cannabis, a licensed seed-to-sale producer based in Acheson west of Edmonton, has begun offering three-day courses to students taking NorQuest College's cannabis trimming and production course."(We're) training them in various capacities from trimming to harvesting to packaging to a number of other disciplines," explained Freedom Cannabis Executive Director Troy Dezwart.

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November 7, 2019

Marijuana production facility in Acheson looks to provide high for province's low cannabis supply

An Edmonton-area cannabis company is hoping its 126,000-square-foot production facility will help evaporate the current supply shortage wafting over the country.Newly-licensed Freedom Cannabis Inc. plans to produce more than 3,000 kilograms of marijuana in its first phase of planting, with the first crops expected to be ready in four months.The Acheson-based producer received its cultivation and medicinal sales licences from Health Canada and the first batch of plants will be in the ground in the coming weeks, co-founder Troy Dezwart said Wednesday following the company’s announcement.

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November 7, 2019

Alberta pot producer gears up to flip the switch on country's biggest solar array

Alberta licensed cannabis producer Freedom Cannabis is gearing up to activate a brand-new energy system of rooftop solar panels that it claims will be the biggest in the country.Created in response to Canadians’ concerns about the sustainability and energy efficiency (or lack thereof) of some cannabis facilities, Freedom is hoping to initiate the system in its facility, which lies just west of Edmonton in Acheson, time next month.

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November 7, 2019

Cannabis shortage will turn to glut, says industry expert

Canadian cannabis users who have faced a supply shortage since recreational legalization will see a massive oversupply of pot, an industry expert said in Calgary Friday.The prediction came a day after Alberta’s cannabis and alcohol regulator lifted a six-month moratorium on adding new pot shops following a brightening supply situation.With so many licensed producers being given federal sanction, what was once a dearth of bud will become a glut, said Nick Pateras, vice-president of strategy for Lift & Co.“We’re going to have a dramatic oversupply in two to three years,” said Pateras, who spoke at the Canadian Cannabis Summit in Calgary.

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November 7, 2019

Enmax, carbon tax light up cannabis grower with country's biggest rooftop solar spread

Canada’s largest rooftop solar power installation will soon be growing pot in Alberta, say its operators.And Calgary-owned Enmax and the province’s carbon tax are playing integral roles in the buzz surrounding fledgling Freedom Cannabis’ federally licensed operation with 4,574 solar panels covering 115,000 square feet of the facility’s roof.

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November 7, 2019

Canadian Company Adopts Recyclable Tin Cannabis Packaging

Canada’s Freedom Cannabis is moving to emphasize environmental responsibility with the launch of its latest product line, which uses a recyclable steel container that bucks the national trend of plastic containers.Canadian cannabis company Freedom Cannabis is launching its product line in a recyclable steel container called Nitrotin, the Winnipeg Free Press reports. The packaging will buck the trend of hard-to-recycle plastic containers used by most of the country’s licensed producers.

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November 7, 2019

Visionstate Updates on Exceed Solar and Freedom Cannabis Investments

EDMONTON, Alberta, March 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Visionstate Corp. (TSX-V: VIS) (“Visionstate” or the “Company”) today provided an update on the operations, progress and near-term plans of its two portfolio companies, Exceed Solar and Freedom Cannabis.Both investments are aligned with Visionstate’s goal of developing smart technology solutions that promote sustainability. Visionstate’s primary focus is expanding the use and enhancing the functionality of its unique Internet of Things (IoT) WANDA solution. The Company’s strategic investments in Exceed Solar and Freedom Cannabis seek to extend WANDA’s IoT application beyond the existing footprint to the housing and cannabis industries.

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November 7, 2019

Cannabis now available in fully recyclable tins

To mark the anniversary of the legalization of cannabis in Canada, a licensed producer in Alberta that is putting a priority on the environment and sustainability. This takes the form of providing the drug in fully recyclable tins.One of the reasons for the move is due to concerns and complaints about the environmental impact of cannabis production. Environmental concerns extend to the cultivation process and to the packaging.Based on one area of research, for each gram of cannabis sold, there can be as much as 70 grams of packaging waste. This is primarily because most of the packaging is plastic.

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November 7, 2019

Freedom Cannabis Installs Canada's Largest Rooftop Solar System

Initiative will offset over 1,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annuallyEDMONTON, May 28, 2019 /CNW/ - Freedom Cannabis Inc, Licensed Producer, is installing a state-of-the-art solar array at its 126,000 square foot facility in Acheson, Alberta, located 20 kilometres west of Edmonton. The 1,830 kW solar array, supplied by ENMAX, will be Canada's largest rooftop solar install to-date.Cannabis grow facilities consume a great deal of power. The cannabis intel firm New Frontier Group noted that in 2017, cannabis growers in the US used enough electricity to power 1.7 million homes, amounting to about 1 per cent of the entire energy consumption of the United States. And those numbers are only expected to grow.

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November 7, 2019

Freedom Cannabis Inc. Receives Cultivation and Medicinal Sales Licences from Health Canada

EDMONTON, April 10, 2019 /CNW/ - Freedom Cannabis Inc. ("Freedom" or the "Company") is very pleased to announce it has received its licence to cultivate for Phase 1 of its indoor grow facility located near west Edmonton in Acheson, Alberta. The Company is also pleased to announce the concurrent receipt of its licence to sell cannabis for medical purposes."Receiving our cultivation licence and medicinal sales licence together is a major milestone for Freedom. The team is preparing to plant the first harvest in the coming weeks and will initially produce high quality flower and extracts in anticipation of servicing the demands of the medicinal and adult use cannabis markets in Canada and abroad" says Ed Bereznicki, Freedom's Lead Advisor.

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November 7, 2019

Hicks on Biz: High expectations for Canada's cannabis industry

One of the first cannabis crops at Freedom Cannabis is growing within strictly controlled circumstances. Graham Hicks / PostmediaDon’t get carried away.Despite much wishful thinking, Alberta’s brand-new legalized cannabis industry is NOT going to replace oil and gas.Alberta produces and exports 3.7 million barrels of oil and diluted bitumen PER DAY – at roughly $50 Cdn. per barrel, that’s $185 million PER DAY, or $1.3 billion PER WEEK.The federal government estimates total cannabis retail sales (legal) for all Canada this year will be around $726 million.

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November 7, 2019

Canadian cannabis firms have developed a taste for edibles. Is the public hungry, too?

CALGARY—Entering the legal edibles market in Canada come October will be more complicated than just cooking up some “magic” brownies in your kitchen, but it won’t stop some chocolate makers who say they have the know-how and the equipment to make it happen.Brad Churchill, owner of Choklat, a Calgary-based chocolate manufacturer, recently led a tour around the cool interior of a 5,000 square foot facility he once used for making conventional chocolate. His branded bars are currently sold in grocery stores across Western Canada.

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July 3, 2018

Visionstate Corp. Makes Strategic Investment in Freedom Cannabis Inc.

Visionstate™ Corp. (TSX-V:VIS) (“Visionstate”) is pleased to announce it has made a strategic investment in Alberta-based Freedom Cannabis Inc. (“Freedom Cannabis”) in a round of seed funding.

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May 11, 2018

Big Dope soon likely to dominate Canada's retail pot business, panel says

The small-scale operators banking on a share of Canada’s retail pot business will soon be replaced by a handful of big chains, panelists discussing cannabis legalization said Thursday.

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February 26, 2018

Edmonton area cannabis production set to soar with more than a dozen facilities planned

The looming legalization of recreational marijuana is helping spur a green rush by more than a dozen companies setting up cannabis production facilities in the greater Edmonton region. The ganjapreneurs range from multibillion-dollar giants such as Aurora Cannabis and Canopy Growth to a potpourri of local players looking to invest millions where they see massive potential for growth.

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February 14, 2018

Freedom Cannabis announces plans to become one of the largest Licensed Producers in Canada

With Alberta anticipated to be one of Canada’s largest and most diverse recreational cannabis market, Freedom Cannabis is wasting no time in having their first-class grow facility fully operational by January of 2019. Situated on 56 acres in Acheson, Alberta the 125,000 square foot operation is slated to grow to 375,000 square feet by 2020 with expansion potential of over 2 million square feet.

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February 14, 2018

The New Freedom – An Interview with Troy Dezwart of Freedom Cannabis

It’s only a few months until the legalization of cannabis will hit Canada in July. The Wanderer recently got together with Troy Dezwart from Freedom Cannabis to get some first-hand information.

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February 14, 2018

'High ambitions': Freedom Cannabis starts construction west of Edmonton

Freedom expects to start growing this fall, once its first phase of 70,000 square feet is constructed. Right now, Dezwart plans to produce about 15,000 kg of dried cannabis a year at a $50-million building with 125,000 square feet of growing space.

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December 19, 2017

Work has begun on a large-scale seed to sale cannabis operation in Alberta

Work has begun on a large-scale seed to sale cannabis operation in Alberta. Freedom Cannabis announces plans to become one of the largest Licensed Producers in Canada

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