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CAN (ON): 540,000 sq.ft. cucumber greenhouse retrofitted for MMJLiveWell Foods has received approval from Ottawa City Council to turn its existing 540,000 square feet greenhouse into a cannabis production facility. Peter Abboud’s farm on Ramsay Road, between the rural south Ottawa communities of Metcalfe and Greely, currently produces tomatoes, beans and cucumbers for various Ottawa farmers markets.
The Ottawa Project is owned by LiveWell’s wholly owned subsidiary Artiva. The project will retrofit 540,000 square feet of existing greenhouses that sit on 100 acres of farmland, in the region of Metcalfe, near Greely. The retrofit will begin immediately to complete the first phase of the project (57,000 square feet) with an anticipated completion date in Q2 2018.
As noted in a prior release dated July 7, 2017, an application has already been submitted to Health Canada to become a licensed cannabis producer under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) for the Ottawa Project. The application is currently in the Review and Security Clearance stage.
In addition, LiveWell plans to make exclusive use of its proprietary extraction and isolation processes to develop whole plant oils from cannabis for sale in Canada’s regulated cannabis market. LiveWell will also use the technology to isolate cannabinoids from lower value feedstock, thus creating high quality, high purity isolates. Isolates are an integral component for manufacturing precise dosed medicinal and potential future recreational infused and edible products and will be important once approved within Canada’s legal regulatory framework.
Says Peter Abboud, LiveWell Co-CEO, “We are absolutely delighted that city council is supporting our plan to bring our project and hundreds of jobs to rural Ottawa. The farm was in my family for almost 25 years, and as we transition from cucumbers to cannabis and hemp, I couldn’t be happier that LiveWell will be using its technology, research and innovation to advance our knowledge of the health benefits of the products we will be producing."
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Publication date: 2/16/2018
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