Thus far there has only been a handful of companies approved by Health Canada for the MMPR program, including Tweed Inc. (OTC: TWMJF) (TSX-V: TWD) and Organigram Inc. (OTC: OGRMF) (TSX-V: OGI), while a number of other companies, such as Abattis Bioceuticals (OTC: ATTBF) continue to await their approvals from Health Canada.
While many publicly traded companies have been talking up their plans of becoming licensed producers, few have been very open about showing off their actual facilities and demonstrating how operations will work. Outdoor images of large warehouses and pictures of land from a mile high provide investors with very little information about what’s actually happening in these companies.
Enertopia Corp. (OTC: ENRT) (CSE: TOP) recently released a four part video series in conjunction with its joint venture with The Green Canvas Ltd. After signing a joint venture agreement in February of 2014, the company has begun building and outfitting a 30,000 square foot facility – scalable to 55,000 square feet – to become compliant with Health Canada’s MMPR standards.
The video tour of the planned facility includes everything from the initial clone rooms, perimeter security, vegetative grow areas, vaults, multiple staging areas for flowering, and the lights that will be used for production.
In the overall 4 part video series, Enertopia’s management team discusses its operational plans within Canada’s rapidly growing medical marijuana industry, while also interviewing current medical marijuana patients that have been treated with the utmost compassion by Green Canvas. The Green Canvas’ history as a licensed producer under the legacy Medical Marijuana Access Regulations (“MMAR”) program also provides them with the ability to show actual current growing operations.
It is the expertise of these current operations that deserves special notice. On November 8th, 2014 the invite only Karma Cup was held to determine the best flowering varieties of marijuana for the indica, sativa, and hybrid entrants. With more than 70 entrants, the Green Canvas was awarded first place in the sativa category for their Ambrosia strain. This year the Green Canvas was awarded first place in the Sativa category at the Prairie Medicinal Harvest Cup for the 4th year in a row, achievements that the company is very proud of since the sativa strains typically take much longer to grow, and are often times more effective at treating the medical conditions of their patients.
As well, in September the Green Canvas joint venture announced that it submitted its application to become a licensed producer, and that they are in correspondence with Health Canada regarding specific quality assurance reports. Facility upgrades are ongoing and the construction progress can be seen in the aforementioned videos, highlighting just how close the company is to bringing the planned facility to fruition.
Tim Selenski is the head grower for the Green Canvas Ltd. grow team, and has worked with the Canadian government via their MMAR program for over 10 year time. Since its involvement in the MMAR program, Green Canvas has been widely covered in the Canadian media and has become a trusted source for medical marijuana patients.
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