Aurora Cannabis (TSE: ACB) has been approved to launch two more grow facilities in Canada by Health Canada. The outdoor cultivation facilities will be located in Quebec and British Columbia, and the supply will mostly be used for research purposes to develop new technology, genetics advances and intellectual property. The two locations were chosen specifically due to their varying conditions, which will help increase the research’s results.
The first license was awarded for Aurora Valley, which is going to be located in Westwold, BC and will be a 207-acre farm. The second, a 21,000-square-foot facility, is located at the Aurora Eau facility in Lachute. The latter is the first licensed grow operation for a cannabis company in Quebec and has already begun. Aurora Valley is expected to be planted within the next several weeks.
Aurora CEO Terry Booth says in a statement, “Aurora believes in innovative operations and intensive research and we’re applying our approach to outdoor-grown cannabis. Our team plans to use these areas to ensure we are able to consistently grow the high-quality cannabis Aurora has become known for around the world. We’re proud to be a Canadian company and this is a further commitment to research and job creation in Canada.”
The two facilities will work in conjunction with Aurora’s new Comox research facility that is expected to be ready before the end of the year. That location has an indoor grow measuring 21,000 square feet, as well as a laboratory measuring 10,500 square feet. It is home to Aurora’s unique plant breeding program that is developing plants that have characteristics for both indoor and outdoor cultivation.
Aurora Chief Science Officer Dr. Jonathan Page adds, “For this season and next, our focus will be on researching cultivation methods and evaluating genetics in order to produce high THC and CBD cannabis in outdoor-grown plants, with the ultimate goal of extracting these components. The unique climates of each site also presents a great opportunity to determine which cultivars will perform best in different outdoor environments.”