4 N.S. fa­cil­ity gets med­i­cal pot li­cence

Mon­day, Novem­ber 13, 2017 Breath­ing Green So­lu­tions first in prov­ince to get the OK Hal­i­fax

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Nova Sco­tia has its first li­censed med­i­cal mar­i­juana pro­ducer.

On Fri­day, Breath­ing Green So­lu­tions Inc. was granted a li­cence to cul­ti­vate med­i­cal mar­i­juana, ac­cord­ing to Health Canada’s on­line list of au­tho­rized li­censed pro­duc­ers un­der the Ac­cess to Cannabis for Med­i­cal Pur­poses Reg­u­la­tions (ACMPR).

The com­pany is one of four re­cip­i­ents of li­cences granted across Canada on Fri­day, and is one of 73 com­pa­nies now li­censed to pro­duce or sell med­i­cal mar­i­juana na­tion­wide.

Breath­ing Green has no web pres­ence, and one of its four direc­tors, Bill San­ford, told Metro that’s no ac­ci­dent.

“We’ve kind of flown un­der the radar pur­posely, so that we could go about our busi­ness and when we had some­thing to sort of tell the pub­lic, we would do that. So far, that’s worked pretty well,” he said in an in­ter­view on Fri­day.

San­ford, whose back­ground is in the oil and gas in­dus­try, most re­cently as the pres­i­dent of Blue­wave En­ergy, said his com­pany’s grow­ing fa­cil­ity will be up and run­ning some time next week.

“It’s in the Went­worth Val­ley, up on a hill in a very pro­tected com­pound. We have 35 acres of land there, and the pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity is ap­prox­i­mately 35,000 square feet,” he said.

Asked how much pot that fa­cil­ity would pro­duce an­nu­ally, San­ford said he wasn’t sure yet.

“It’s a bou­tique op­er­a­tion, I would say, by Cana­dian stan­dards, but by Mar­itime stan­dards, it’s a sig­nif­i­cantly sized fa­cil­ity,” he said.

The li­cens­ing process took two years, San­ford said, but Breath­ing Green’s fa­cil­ity is com­ing on­line at an op­por­tune time.

“Cer­tainly by the time we have full pro­duc­tion, the (recre­ational) mar­ket will be open­ing. So I guess the ad­van­tage is that, by the time we ac­tu­ally equality have prod­uct ready to sell, there will be a very sig­nif­i­cant mar­ket for that prod­uct,” San­ford said.

Breath­ing Green is the first Nova Sco­tia com­pany to get a li­cence, but not the first to ap­ply.

Doc­u­ments ob­tained by Metro through free­dom of in­for­ma­tion in the spring showed there were 12 Nova Sco­tia com­pa­nies ei­ther un­der re­view, screen­ing, or se­cu­rity clear­ance by Health Canada. An­other 14 ap­pli­ca­tions had been re­fused or with­drawn at that time.

San­ford doesn’t think the ap­pli­ca­tion process was tak­ing any longer in Nova Sco­tia than any­where else in the coun­try.

“There was a lengthy wait­ing list,” San­ford said.

“And what hap­pened in the last num­ber of months is Health Canada pushed to have peo­ple with fa­cil­i­ties that are largely com­plete to get through the ap­pli­ca­tion process, rec­og­niz­ing we need more pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties in the coun­try pro­duc­ing le­gal prod­uct prior to the open mar­ket con­cept some time next year.”

By Mar­itime stan­dards, it’s a sig­nif­i­cantly sized fa­cil­ity. Breath­ing Green So­lu­tions di­rec­tor Bill San­ford

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