A Colorado-based technology firm has been contracted to design and provide equipment for the cultivation of medical marijuana at a new facility in Powell River.
Santè Veritas Therapeutics announced last month it had contracted Surna Inc to develop the environmental control system to be used in its commercial growing facility inside the former Catalyst Paper Corporation administration building in Townsite.
“We selected Surna because its energy-efficient environmental control system provides one of the highest levels of biosecurity,” stated Santè Veritas chief financial officer Suzanne Wood in a media release announcing the deal on Tuesday, February 28.
Surna specializes in developing growing equipment designed for cultivating medical cannabis. The environmental control system will give growers the ability to control elements such as temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure.
According to Surna, the contract is worth $835,000 and the company expects to ship the equipment this summer. Powell River is not Surna’s first foray into the Canadian market for licensed producers.
“We now have five clients in Canada and our sales team continues to see significant activity from both new market entrants, as well as existing clients planning expansion,” stated Surna chief executive officer Trent Doucet.
Santè Veritas has completed stage five of Health Canada’s process for becoming a licensed producer for its Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes program. According to the company, it has $3 million budgeted for the development of its Powell River facility and expects its completion this summer.
The company will undergo a pre-licence inspection before it can become fully licensed with the federal program. Santè Veritas began the federal approval process in 2014.