Can­nTrust’s Pel­ham mar­i­juana tops Cana­dian Cannabis Awards

The Niagara Falls Review - - Local - STEVE HENSCHEL

Good things cer­tainly do grow in On­tario, and when it comes to the na­tion’s best buds, those good things are grow­ing in Pel­ham.

Lift & Co. an­nounced win­ners of the 2018 Cana­dian Cannabis Awards last Thurs­day. Vaugh­an­based Can­nTrust cleaned up, land­ing not only awards for top li­censed pro­ducer and top li­censed pro­ducer cus­tomer ser­vice, but also for sev­eral prod­ucts, in­clud­ing top high CBD oil, top balanced oil, top sativa flower, top hy­brid flower and top high-CBD flower.

The term “flower” refers to the dried, and most rec­og­niz­able, form of cannabis as op­posed to pro­cessed prod­ucts such as oils and other ex­tracts.

While the com­pany may be head­quar­tered in Vaughan, the cannabis that net­ted it so many wins was grown in Ni­a­gara, specif­i­cally at the pro­ducer’s per­pet­ual har­vest green­house on Bal­four Road in Pel­ham.

“Pel­ham and its sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties have a rich his­tory of agri­cul­ture and a wealth of cul­ti­va­tion pro­fes­sion­als who are ded­i­cated and pas­sion­ate about pro­duc­ing the best plants pos­si­ble,” said fa­cil­ity gen­eral man­ager Michael Cam­plin.

“The area also pro­vides an ex­cel­lent cli­mate needed for qual­ity green­house pro­duc­tion, and room to ex­pand in or­der to meet na­tional and global de­mand,” he said.

The spe­cific strains of cannabis to pick up awards in the flower cat­e­gories are: Can­nTrust OG Kush, top sativa; Can­nTrust Blue­berry Kush, top hy­brid; Can­nTrust Can­na­tonic, top high CBD.

Can­nTrust CEO Peter Aceto said the awards recog­ni­tion is a boon for the cor­po­ra­tion’s team.

“What is so in­cred­i­ble about th­ese awards is they were cho­sen by con­sumers,” he said.

The awards come as the pro­ducer pushes for­ward on a planned 63,000-square-me­tre ex­pan­sion of its Pel­ham fa­cil­i­ties.

Tweed Farms, which op­er­ates a 31,500-square-me­tre green­house in Ni­a­gara-on-the-Lake, earned recog­ni­tion in­clud­ing for pro­duc­ing the top Indica flower and balanced flower.

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