Pure Sunfarms’ large-scale facility with 16 grow rooms is optimized for year-round production and expected to yield more than 80 harvests annually
VICTORIA, British Columbia, March 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Emerald Health Therapeutics, Inc. (“Emerald”) (TSXV:EMH; OTCQX:EMHTF) today announced that its 50%-owned joint venture for large-scale, low-cost, high-quality cannabis production, Pure Sunfarms Corp. (“Pure Sunfarms”), received from Health Canada its seventh amendment to its cultivation license for its 1.1 million square foot greenhouse in Delta, BC. 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 sq. ft. in 16 grow rooms. The newly licensed area is expected to be fully planted by the end of March.
“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. “With Emerald’s 50% 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% of its 2019 production, along with our Quebec and hemp operations, to support strong quarter to quarter sales growth this year.”
Pure Sunfarms is now replanting Quadrant 1 of the 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. This project is planned to be completed in Q3, when supplemental lighting will again be required. Pure Sunfarms expects Quadrant 1 to be fully replanted by the end of April 2019, at which time Pure Sunfarms will be in production in the entire 1.03 million square feet of cultivation space.
Last week, Pure Sunfarms announced a wholesale supply agreement with Canna Farms Ltd., which will offer a select variety of Pure Sunfarms-branded high-quality dried flower products to Canna Farms’ medical clients for retail purchase. This initiative is intended to help expand the marketing and sales reach of Pure Sunfarms' branded products.
About Emerald Health Therapeutics, Inc.
Emerald Health Therapeutics, Inc. is a Canadian licensed producer of cannabis. Its 50%-owned Pure Sunfarms joint venture in BC has a 1.1 million square foot (25 acre) greenhouse with 1.03 million square feet of licensed cannabis cultivation space in Delta, BC. Its Verdélite operation in Québec is completing the build-out of its 88,000 square foot indoor cultivation facility. Commercial production is expanding in both facilities. Emerald secured over 500 acres of hemp harvest in 2018 and expects to purchase approximately 1,000 acres in 2019 to 2022, with the objective of extracting low-cost cannabidiol (CBD). Emerald’s team is highly experienced in life sciences, product development, large-scale agri-business, and marketing, and is focused on developing proprietary, value-added cannabis products for medical and adult-use customers. Emerald is part of the Emerald Health group, which represents a broad array of companies focused on developing pharmaceutical, botanical, and nutraceutical products developed to provide wellness and medical benefits by interacting with the human body’s endocannabinoid system.
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