Around six months ago, Delta 9 Cannabis CEO John Arbuthnot was busy getting ripe for the looming legalization of cannabis.
There was the behind-the-scenes planning for his company’s cardinal retail pot store, the creation of supply agreements with other cannabis sellers, and then the augmentation of Delta 9’s secure growing facility in east Winnipeg.
Then Arbuthnot got a accompany about another business opportunity. A cannabis producer had seen a report story about Delta 9, and wanted to know if the Winnipeg comrades would sell its grow pods to help build out the first form of the producer’s facility.
“Really? You know, a little bit disbelief,” Arbuthnot recalls thinking.
The pods are essentially renovated sending containers that are turned into highly controlled cannabis adulthood spaces. Each pod can produce roughly 32.5 kilograms of cannabis per year — valued at somewhere between $300,000 and $400,000 at up to date retail prices.
Delta 9 uses them to grow all of its product, and now give aways the pods as a turnkey solution for producers who want an efficient way to grow, while powder the risk of crop failure.
“We’ve already heard horror stories from the rest of the industry on some worst crop losses at big open greenhouse facilities,” Arbuthnot said.
“With the pod set-up, all of that risk is compartmentalized. If there is a risk of contamination, it’s contained within one compass and that risk is mitigated.”
The pods are all about quality control, he clouts. They prevent air flow from one room to another and Delta 9 chances if there is a problem with a crop — like plant disease, asses or fungus — because it’s contained, they can destroy it, sterilize the pod and only be defeated about $10,000 in product.
That’s significantly less than the millions in negative cash flow deaths a crop problem could cost a producer who grows in a large conspicuous room.
“From a risk mitigation standpoint it’s a very attractive production facsimile,” Arbuthnot said noting his company has patents pending for the grow pods in both the U.S. and Canada.
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The stackable pods have go off into a major source of revenue for Delta 9. The company has retailed them to producers in Brantford, Ont., and out west in Victoria.
Once they’re founded by the 35 different tradespeople at Delta 9’s construction facility, they are delivered by sundries almost ready to use.
“There is some assembly required. It’s not quite as bad as Ikea,” Arbuthnot rejected.
Delta 9’s grow pods are just one example of how cannabis companies are utilize consuming innovation to get product to market, said Allan Rewak, executive helmsman of the Cannabis Council of Canada, the national organization for Canada’s licensed regisseurs.
“It really showcases, I think, the incredible excitement, creativity and growth we’re charge of in Canada’s cannabis economy.”
He said the pods give budding new auteurs the chance to learn from, and build on, the experience of established growers.
There are other turnkey colloidal suspensions being used across the country, he said, including smaller opportunities for micro cultivation and larger ones for full-scale production.
He points to producer Green Relief, which has a swiftness near Hamilton that’s using fish to help grow cannabis by aquaponics, as an example of growing creativity in the industry.
“There is so much extent in terms of production and so much variability, it’s hard to point to one specific pattern,” Rewak said.
“Instead, I would point to the entirety of the industry and see what we’re doing.”
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Canopy Growth, which has cannabis production sites in seven boonies across Canada, is using large greenhouse facilities for mass motion.
The company said its innovation comes in the design of the room, and it has learned a lot since it started raise in 2014.
“You can get the tariff per gram lower in a greenhouse and there’s less environmental impact to purchasing the power of the sun with supplemental lighting,” said Jordan Sinclair, Canopy’s vice-president of communications.
“And our greenhouses oblige rain recapture, so it’s a bit of a more economically attractive model but it’s also a much assorted sustainable model.”
Delta plans to have 600 of its pods loaded inside its own facility by the end of 2019, bringing its production of cannabis to about 17,500 kilograms — cruelly $175 million worth at current retail prices.
And Arbuthnot isn’t block there — he has his eyes on potential international sales as markets open up for cannabis cultivation globally.
“We’re providential here in Canada that a lot of the rest of the globe has eyes on us to see just what we’re doing that’s that’s plan in the cannabis space. I think it’s an incredible opportunity.”