Canopy Growth Corporation has received a new licence from Health Canada permitting it to grow cannabis at an outdoor site in northern Saskatchewan. "Hours after receiving the licence, the first cannabis cuttings were planted at a 7 million sq. ft. (160 acres) secure cultivation field in the province, one that is patrolled by drones (kidding – no drones, promise,)" the team with the company says. "The new licence expands Canopy Growth’s diversified Canadian footprint and complements its existing indoor and greenhouse facilities to provide a leading balance of facilities to produce low cost input materials for value-add products, while ensuring more sophisticated growing operations for in-demand flower products."
“Our team has outdoor, at-scale cannabis expertise gained from over a decade of hemp farming experience, including Canopy’s 4,000-acre hemp operation executed last year, the extract of which is bolstering our CBD supply for the medical and recreational markets,” said Mark Zekulin, President and co-CEO, Canopy Growth. “At this stage in the summer planting season we view this as a pilot and ramp up project for outdoor cannabis cultivation, though the team will do everything it can to deliver low cost yields this year.”
The outdoor cannabis grow operation in Saskatchewan is in addition to Canopy Growth’s major hemp production platform, which scaled up from the 4,000 acres mentioned above to over 5,000 acres in 2019. The successes of the Company’s hemp operations will inform its outdoor cannabis strategy, as it seeks to optimize the methods used to cultivate current and future crops at the outdoor site. According to the company, once the entire outdoor cannabis cultivation, production and extraction system is fully licenced and incorporated into Canopy Growth’s current operational platform, it will produce cannabinoids at scale to support value-add products like beverages, chocolates, and vape devices at higher margins than are achievable using inputs from indoor and greenhouse facilities, which are optimized to produce high quality flower products.
What Else is New: Smiths Falls Campus Update
In addition to breaking new ground in outdoor growth, Canopy Growth’s entire Canadian operation continues to expand as the Company accelerates its efforts to supply the domestic and international cannabis markets. The developments outlined below will support revenue generation from the second phase of Canadian recreational products, expected to be in market late Q3 fiscal 2020. Highlights include:
- The Company has increased its footprint to include more than 950,000 sq. ft. of total licensed or pre-license production, and non-licensed operating space at its Smiths Falls Campus, in order to support advanced manufacturing, encapsulation, cultivation, production, secure storage, logistics, distribution, and other functions needed to serve the Canadian market from coast-to-coast.
- Tens of thousands of square feet devoted to the production of chocolates. Once federal regulations over cannabis infused concentrates, edibles and beverages are implemented in late 2019, Canopy Growth estimates a monthly production capability of more than 850,000 chocolates with the option to scale up.
- Approximately 70,000 ft. of secure storage space to ensure streamlined logistical and supply-chain operations to serve the Canadian market.
- Approximately 125,000 ft. of bottling space at its new beverage production facility which will, once licensed and operational, have the capacity to produce more than 5 million beverages per month (expected by Q2 2020.)
- IP-protected processes and equipment in place to produce more than 800,000 pre-rolled joints monthly.
- Production capacity of over 15 million softgels per month, with scaling underway to increase this output.
- Patented extraction and vape production capabilities with capacity to produce more than 2 million vapes monthly.