US (MS): Construction full steam ahead on 70,000 sq ft medical cannabis facility

If all goes according to plan, a major medical cannabis grower in Madison County could have products hitting the shelves early next year. Work should wrap up in October on Southern Sky Brands’ 70,000-square-foot cannabis cultivation facility on Commercial Parkway West in Canton. Once completed, the facility will offer the space to not only grow the plants, but to produce products for everything for vaping, smoking, and eating, and to develop new strains.

“We’ll have a lot of unbelievable new technology in the building,” said Steve Merritt, Southern Sky’s chief operating officer. “We’re going to have a lot of scientific backup for what we will be doing.”

Construction at the site has been moving full speed ahead since the governor signed legislation allowing for medical cannabis in the state. “The walls, ceilings, flooring, and metal are up. We’re getting our mezzanine up and we’ll start putting in walls next month,” Merritt said.

The facility will have several features, including a lab to grow the mothers, or initial plants, which will be the base plants for cloning. From there, the clones will go through a process of growing and strengthening before they’ll be 'tricked' into producing buds.

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