Organigram Holdings (OGRMF), a medical cannabis producer based out of Moncton, New Brunswick, announced today that it has received an expanded cultivation license from Health Canada for the previously announced Phase 2 expansion of its cannabis production facility.
The expanded license approval includes the entire perimeter of the company’s newly expanded cultivation facility, totaling approximately 150,000 square feet, the first 10 of Organigram’s 23 new three-level cultivation rooms. Staggered harvests from the new rooms are expected to begin as early as the third week of April 2018.
The company expects the remaining 13 cultivation rooms to become active by March 10, 2018, pending approval from Health Canada. Once all 23 cultivation rooms are active, Organigram will gain an additional 10,8000 kilograms per year in production; up from 5,200 kilograms per year to an estimated 16,000 kilograms.
Also included in the license expansion is approval for improvements in the company’s cultivation and processing systems. Phase 2 grow rooms will feature several fully automated systems; including watering and feed, potting, waste destruction, and packaging lines.
Construction on the facilities Phase 3 expansion is expected to be completed by May 2018, which will increase the facility’s production capacity to 25,000 kilograms per year. Construction on Phase 4 is expected to begin in April 2018 and, once completed, will increase production capacity to 65.000 kilograms per year.
“This is an important moment for Organigram,” said Organigram CEO Greg Engel in a statement. “We’ve spent years perfecting three-level growing technology. We have developed a world-class cannabis production facility and are proud to be able to offer our medical and adult recreational customers exceptional award-winning, high-quality product in 2018 and beyond.”
In addition to Organigram, CannaTrust (TRST) also announced that it had received approval its Health Canada Sales License for the 250,000 square foot Phase 1 expansion of its 46 acre Niagara Region cannabis production facility.
Ten harvests at the facility have already been completed with more expected to follow in the coming months. Construction for the facilities Phase 2 expansion has already begun and is expected to be completed, along with first plantings, by some time this year.