WeedMD Inc. has applied for an amendment to its Strathroy licence to expand beyond its existing cultivation with an initial 25-acre, large-scale, low-cost, outdoor cannabis grow operation with the capacity to increase up to 50 acres. According to the company, it has secured the support of the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc for its planned outdoor grow expected to be completed in two phases. "In 2019, Phase I will be brought online, representing more than 25 acres of production, with an additional 25 acres planned for Phase II in 2020. Pending Health Canada approval, the outdoor grow is expected to increase WeedMD’s total production footprint to upwards of 2.7 million square feet with the potential to yield over 100,000 kgs of cannabis in 2020 together with greenhouse cultivation", the team with the company explains.
"WeedMD’s outdoor grow will be situated on organically-certified soil on its 98-acre Strathroy property which also houses the company’s 610,000 sq. ft. modern greenhouse facility."
“Our municipality is proudly home to a thriving agricultural community which has long supported our local businesses and we’re pleased that WeedMD continues to expand its local footprint in a progressive and economically-viable manner,” said Mayor Joanne Vanderheyden, Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc. “We welcome and wholly support its push for outdoor expansion along with the job opportunities, sustainable cultivation and community engagement it will bring for the continued long-term growth of our municipality.”
“In November 2017, we initially selected this 98-acre property in Strathroy because of its expansion potential, which included low-cost scalable outdoor production that is strategically located alongside our licensed greenhouse propagation operations. WeedMD, with its proven cultivation team, genetics bank and propagation capabilities, has positioned itself as a first-mover in the industry,” said Keith Merker, CEO of WeedMD. “With our outdoor grow site, we will continue producing cannabis products at an expected lower cost, in a supportive municipality that will complement our existing robust production platform with our first outdoor harvest expected in fall 2019.”
“The addition of an outdoor grow will ensure that WeedMD is positioned to meet the needs of its patients and customers in the ever-expanding cannabis market,” said Derek Pedro, Chief Cannabis Officer of WeedMD. “Our methodologies and standardized practices have been derived from more than 15 years of outdoor growing experience under Canada’s legal cannabis programs. With cannabis plants being readied for transplant in June 2019, WeedMD is optimally positioned to rapidly scale production and is already being recognized as an industry-leader and expert in outdoor cultivation.”