Article by David Brown, Lift
Prince Edward Island’s first licensed producer of medical cannabis is now authorized to sell dried cannabis to registered patients. Health Canada officially announced the producer’s sale’s license today.
Initially given approval to cultivate back in June 2015, Canada’s Island Garden has spent the last seven months cultivating cannabis crops and processing and storing the finished product as they awaited their sale license. It’s common for producers to take about six months to go from production to sale license.
Edwin Jewel, the president of CIG, says it’s been a learning process to get to this point from the seed of an idea in early 2013.
“It was January in 2013 when I first thought of checking a website to see if, as part of our horticultural operation, could we grow cannabis. I noticed that the regulations were online—at that time it was just a draft copy—and noticed that they were going to allow LP’s to grow at commercial scale. So it’s been four years and a month since that time from when I thought of the idea, started to do some research, hired a guy to help me, to get us to where we are right now.
Jewel says they expect to begin registering patients later this week and should have pricing and strain information available soon. The producer also intends to begin selling clones in the future, although they are still working with Health Canada to come up with an approach acceptable to both parties. They also intend to begin selling oil in the future, but have no current timeline. While they have no formal policy surrounding using irradiation, Jewell is happy to say that none of their crops have required it to pass testing at this point.