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.
“We’re going to be able to be a part of the solution to service the demand for high-quality cannabis products, not only domestically but also internationally,” he said.
But the company’s first portion of development using 65,000 square feet of a former modular home factory is not the end of the road.
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The second half of the facility will provide space for the cultivation of an additional 12,000 kilograms of cannabis per year. If that’s not enough room, Dezwart said the company has the ability to expand up to two million square feet with the construction of an additional space on its 60-acre site.
“We’re also working on strategic partnerships with companies in Canada and also other parts of the world to expand our footprint. We’re looking at potential opportunities that can help the company in many ways,” Dezwart said.
With the goal of becoming a world-leading cannabis company, Dezwart said its initial focus will be selling cannabis and cannabis-related products for medicinal and recreational use both in Canada and to international markets.
What separates Freedom Cannabis from the pack, Dezwart said, is its “commercial scale, craft quality” approach by growing small amounts of marijuana plants in isolated rooms less than 3,000 square feet.
In order to grow as fast as the cannabis plants the company will be producing, Dezwart said they plan to hire more than 100 people in the next year to join the 20 current employees.
“It was always our goal to become a leader in the industry and we’ve set a very high standard for ourselves,” he said. “We believe that the cannabis industry is changing lives all over the world in a very positive way and we’re proud to be a part of it.”