Article by Emanuela Campanella, Global News
We roll it, we smoke it, we vape it … but have you ever wondered how marijuana is made?
With recreational marijuana legalization around the corner, there’s a lot happening behind the scenes. The world’s biggest medical marijuana producer gave Global News a behind the scene look to show us how they are prepping for the big day.
Canopy Growth in Smith Falls, Ont., is a 500,000-square-foot facility that used to be a Hershey’s chocolate factory. Now, it houses hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of cannabis products. The Canadian company has gone international but is now focusing on their home turf.
“So we’re gearing up. Recreational legalization is going to be a total game changer for us from a market size perspective. It’s going to go 20 times the size that it is right now, and that means we’ve got to get growing. We had to get growing four, five months ago to make sure the shelves wouldn’t be bare,” says Jordan Sinclair, vice president of communications at Canopy Growth.
So it all starts in what producers call a mother room. Mom plants are grown from seeds and they give life to hundreds of other marijuana plants. As they grow, clippings of the mom plant are dipped in a rooting solution and planted in small soil pods.
“It will live in a beautiful environment where it’s always 18 or 19 C, the lights are almost always on. It’s like t-shirt and pants weather. It’s beautiful,” Sinclair says.