True Leaf Breaks Ground on North Okanagan Cannabis Production Facility
Phase one of True Leaf Campus will include a 25,000 square foot grow and processing facility expected to be operational by fall 2018
VERNON, British Columbia, March 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- True Leaf Medicine International Ltd. (“True Leaf”) (CSE:MJ) (FSE:TLA) (OTCQB:TRLFF), the quality of life cannabis company for people and their pets, officially started construction on its True Leaf Campus cannabis production facility today in Lumby, British Columbia.
Phase one of the project is planned to include a 16,000 square foot cannabis cultivation facility, and an additional 9,000 square feet for laboratory services, whole-plant extraction, and production of therapeutic cannabis products. Together, the facilities will be known as True Leaf Campus, a hub for the development of the company’s medicinal cannabis products.
True Leaf marked the occasion with an official ground-breaking ceremony attended by Darcy Bomford, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of True Leaf; Mike Harcourt, Chairman of True Leaf and the former Premier of British Columbia; councillors from the Okanagan Indian Band and the Splatsin Indian Band; as well as Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton.
“Today is just the beginning. With 40 acres of land, we have positioned True Leaf for growth and to potentially become one of the largest medicinal cannabis facilities in British Columbia,” said Mr. Bomford. “We are proud to make this investment today in Lumby, a community that has embraced True Leaf since the beginning.”
The project is expected to employ approximately 150 workers during construction and create 35 full and part-time jobs at the start of operations. True Leaf seeks to become a major employer in Lumby, a hard-hit logging community of 1,700 in the northeast corner of the Okanagan Valley.
Following the ground-breaking ceremony, True Leaf hosted a community celebration for people and their pets.
“Our mission is to be Canada’s leading purpose-driven cannabis company. That’s why we stayed true to our motto of Return the Love by inviting all stakeholders of True Leaf including the community of Lumby, investors, team members, friends and family, and their pets, to join us for our ground-breaking event,” said Mr. Bomford. “True Leaf exists to help people and their pets live healthy, happier lives by providing effective plant-based alternatives to medicinal cannabis patients who find their pharmaceutical treatments ineffective or intolerable.”
True Leaf already produces hemp-based pet supplements that promote hip and joint health, immune function, and calming support for anxious dogs. The company’s True Hemp™ dog chews and dental sticks are currently sold in 1,800 stores worldwide and online on Amazon and WholesalePet.com.
True Leaf has engaged SBL Contractors Ltd. (SBL) to build the True Leaf Campus. SBL is an experienced design-build firm that executes specialty industrial and commercial projects across Western Canada. As the cannabis market expands, SBL has been actively engaged in the design and construction of several cultivation facilities. Combining expertise and innovation, SBL will deliver one of the most advanced purpose-built cultivation facilities on the market.
“We at SBL have seen a few different approaches to establishing cultivation facilities from greenhouse grows, retrofits, modular, to warehouse, and we believe True Leaf has one of the most sound approaches to establishing their core facility while maintaining the capacity to expand rapidly as market demands grow,” said Josh Kehler, President of SBL. “We are excited to be a part of the True Leaf model as we believe it will be the gold standard for the next generation of cultivation facilities.”
True Leaf Campus is expected to be completed and operational by fall 2018.
True Leaf is currently in the final stages of Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) process.
About True Leaf
Founded in 2013, True Leaf has two main operating divisions: True Leaf Medicine Inc. and True Leaf Pet Inc. The Company’s goal is to provide federally-approved cannabis products that will be sold across Canada and the United States. True Leaf Medicine Inc. was launched in July 2013 to become a licensed producer of medicinal cannabis for the Canadian market. True Leaf Medicine Inc. has been granted approval by Health Canada to build its grow facility and will be subject to a Health Canada inspection upon completion to allow for the cultivation, manufacture, and distribution of cannabis products. Currently, True Leaf does not have a license to produce cannabis.
Established in 2015, True Leaf Pet Inc. markets hemp-based products for the pet industry. The Company launched the True Hemp™ pet supplement line in Canada, the United States, and Europe, becoming one of the first hemp-based pet product lines to be marketed worldwide. True Hemp™ North American products are free of CBD and THC.
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Released March 2, 2018