East Delta greenhouse gets go-ahead for cannabis conversion

A large-scale greenhouse in East Delta has been given the go-ahead to fully convert to cannabis.

Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc. has announced that its joint venture with Village Farms greenhouse, called Pure Sunfarms, received from Health Canada another amendment to its cultivation licence. The additional approximately 206,000 square feet of growing area in the fourth and final quadrant of the greenhouse brings Pure Sunfarms’ total licensed cannabis production area to approximately 1.03 million square feet in 16 grow rooms. The newly licensed area is expected to be fully planted by the end of March, according to Pure Sunfarms.

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“Pure Sunfarms is now licensed across all its growing areas and we congratulate their team for this significant accomplishment,” said Dr. Avtar Dhillon, president and executive chairman of Emerald in a news release. “With Emerald’s 50 per cent stake in one of the largest fully operational cannabis production facilities in the world, we expect to realize significant economic value from Pure Sunfarms. We expect our supply agreement with Pure Sunfarms for 40 per cent of its 2019 production, along with our Quebec and hemp operations, to support strong quarter-to-quarter sales growth this year.”

Pure Sunfarms says it’s now replanting Quadrant 1 of the Delta greenhouse following the planned suspension of production in that area last autumn to begin the process of installing supplemental lighting to maximize yields in the winter months.

Last week, Pure Sunfarms announced a wholesale supply agreement with Canna Farms Ltd., which will offer a select variety of Pure Sunfarms-branded products to Canna Farms’ medical clients for retail purchase.

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