They’ve taken extra precautions but otherwise it is business as usual for a large-scale greenhouse operation that made the switch to cannabis.
Before the legalization of cannabis a couple of years ago, Village Farms International in East Ladner partnered Emerald Health Therapeutics, Inc. to form a new venture called Pure Sunfarms.
Pure Sunfarms last fall announced it has begun shipping branded, packaged dried cannabis products to the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch, which acts as the provincial wholesaler of non-medical cannabis, supplying licensed private retailers and the government-run online store and stand-alone B.C. Cannabis Stores.
Having also gone onto Ontario, the company says it’s also continuing to advance discussions with other provincial distributors for potential supply agreements to further expand its presence in the Canadian cannabis market.
About half already converted, the plan is to eventually have 2.2 million square feet of production space at the facility converted to cannabis.
Pure Sunfarms last week announced it has launched a new 28-gram size package of high-quality cannabis for the B.C. and Ontario markets looking for a larger format of dried flower product.
Each package will contain a single strain, single batch of cannabis.
The first product to be made available in this format will be Pure Sunfarms Indica Blend, an indica pack with medium-to-strong THC potential.
“At this time of uncertainty for both businesses and our community, Pure Sunfarms will do everything we can to keep our people safe while continuing to supply the market with quality recreational cannabis,” said Mandesh Dosanjh, president and CEO of Pure Sunfarms in a news release.
Dosanjh said he’s been getting many questions how the pandemic could impact his operations, saying they’re working on how they can best navigate through the pandemic, keeping employees and customers safe.
“Here at Pure Sunfarms, we are growers at heart. The plants don’t stop growing. It’s our job to tend to them, to care for them. We will continue to do our part to keep growing in order to support our customers, while keeping our people safe.
We’ve implemented a host of enhanced safety measures at this time, including things such as: asking employees to work remotely if they can, screening employees as they arrive on site, staggering shifts and break times, physically distancing staff, and implementing extensive and continuous sanitation protocols.
We’re doing all this, and we’ll continue to do more, because it’s the right thing to do.”
The B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch notes retail outlets that sell liquor and non-medical cannabis, and the supply chain services that support them, are included on the list of essential services, along with all government functions.