Medical marijuana facility opens its doors


By Barb McKay


The support AMMCan has received in establishing its production facility demonstrates that Kincardine is a great place to do business.


That’s the word from John Fowler, president of AMMCan’s parent company Supreme Pharmaceuticals, following the grand opening of the medical marijuana facility at the Bruce Energy Centre (BEC) last week. Approximately 120 people attended and toured the facility.


“It was great, better than we could have expected,” he said. “It was a great show of support from the community, trades people and businesses. What was really great was the amount of support we received from political leaders.”


Wardens from Bruce, Grey and Huron counties attended the opening as well as 25 council members and senior staff from the Municipality of Kincardine, Township of Huron-Kinloss and surrounding communities. Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb and MPP Lisa Thompson also attended.


Fowler said having the municipalities get behind AMMCan’s proposal to locate to the BEC really aided in its success and erased any stigma about medical marijuana that may have existed early on. The company received its licence to cultivate from the federal government last month.


“This is really about creating medicine. This is not a drug business. We are helping people who need it and have a physician’s prescription to obtain it.”


Fowler said the federal government has issued 17 licences to approximately one dozen companies in Ontario to produce medical marijuana. There are three, aside from AMMCan, that use greenhouse facilities.


“We feel we are very unique because we are the first to use a hybrid model,” Fowler said.


The facility features seven acres of indoor growing space divided into separate “rooms” that range from 3,000 to 10,000 square feet. Fowler said these growing spaces are smaller than most and allow AMMCan to better control the indoor environment to not only produce a higher quality product but prevent crop loss. The hybrid system combines indoor technology with the efficiency and sustainability of a greenhouse. The facility uses up to 60 per cent less energy than most indoor greenhouses and employs environmental friendly practices including using a rainwater collection system to cut down on water consumption.