Article by Ian Ross, Northern Ontario Business
A newly licensed and fully operational Kirkland Lake cannabis grower is positioning itself to cater to women’s health and wellness products.
Well ahead of the federal legalization date on Oct.17, Alison Gordon, CEO of 48North Cannabis Corp., has been doing some advance work to finalize some partnership deals with major manufacturers in the area of food, cosmetics and skin care.
“Nothing I can announce just yet but we will be announcing very soon about our partnerships with mainstream consumer packaged goods companies who bring the expertise and know-how on formulation, manufacturing, packaging, production, and can be a best in class on those products.”
48North Cannabis Corp. is the Toronto-based parent company of DelShen Therapeutics, which announced in late 2015 that it had bought and was retrofitting a former government tree nursery near the northeastern Ontario gold mining town to be a future producer of pharmaceutical-grade medical marijuana.
It signed a community benefits agreement with nearby Wahgoshig First Nation, which is a shareholder.
On an 800-acre site, their modern 40,000-square-foot indoor growing facility has a production capacity of 2,500 kilograms per year which can be expanded to boost that to 40,000 kilograms annually.
Now in full commercial mode, the company sources its genetic material from a supplier in the Netherlands. Gordon said they’ve done “many, many harvests” since receiving a federal cultivation licence in February 2017. The crop is stored in a vault on the site.