NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. (WIVB) – Less than an hour from Buffalo, a Canadian company is shaping what could be the future of medical marijuana.
Park Lane Farms in Niagara-on-the-Lake operates a 350,000-square-foot greenhouse.
President Angus Footman said, “This is the largest legal medical marijuana facility in the world once we expand into the entire facility.”
The facility is blanketed in security systems and everything from sanitation to production is tightly regulated.
Footman explained, “Every single plant has an individual tag so we track them from birth to harvest.”
The farm received its license earlier this month and it’s already growing 17 different strains of medical marijuana.
It’s head grower said, “We bring them in as cuttings and starter plants, we transplant them and then we are going to grow them onto finishing flower height.”
It’s a process that has never been legally done before and with so much space, they’re pioneers for a growing industry.
“There’s no science that’s ever been done on this crop that’s reliable. There’s no ‘University of Medical Marijuana’ that you can go to or we can hire people from, so everything we are doing here is new science for everyone,” said Footman.
This is a controversial crop, but these growers believe what they’re doing will change perceptions.
“Really, it’s just another greenhouse and I think the net benefit to a community is regulating an industry that was underground, the alternative is illegal grow ops happening in houses as it has in the past controlled by organized crime,” said Footman.
This is a controversial crop but these growers believe what they’re doing will change perceptions.
“Really, it’s just another greenhouse and I think the net benefit to a community is regulating an industry that was underground. The alternative is illegal grow [operations] happening in houses, as it has in the past, controlled by organized crime,” said Footman.
Park Lane Farms grows the marijuana and their sister company Tweed Incorporated sells it.
Footman said, “There is no retail or storefront at this facility. All of our sales are direct mail, online.”
New York law only allows medical marijuana in oil or pill form for severely debilitating or life threatening illnesses. In Canada, it is available for a wider variety of conditions and can be smoked, so demand is high.
Tweed Marijuana is a publicly traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Footman said for him, it’s not just about profit.
He explained, “It’s not just a corporate money making venture. This is actually benefiting sick Canadians and providing them medicine that they haven’t had access to before in a very professional and sanitary environment.”