Construction commenced at FSD Pharma’s heritage museum and flagship dispensary at the former Kraft plant.
Dignitaries, shareholders and media were there for the ribbon cutting on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the Cobourg facility.
Thomas Fairfull, President and CEO of FSD Pharma stated, “We welcome politicians and media to this momentous event where we begin converting the historic Certo building located at the former Kraft plant into a heritage museum and on-site dispensary. The Certo building is an important part of Cobourg’s history and the Company intends to preserve this unique building.”
The former Certo building was the first in the British Empire to make commercial grade pectin that was sold under the product name of “Certo” and is estimated at over 100 years old. The property is listed on the municipal heritage register as a property of cultural heritage value. Last year, Cobourg City Council endorsed several recommendations, including the designation of the Certo building under the Ontario Heritage Act as a building of cultural heritage value.
“Today, we also begin construction of our flagship on-site dispensary, an important component of our business plan as we sit on the brink of adult-use legalization on October 17, 2018. The Company is preparing in earnest for sales of our high quality, indoor grown and pharmaceutical grade product, which will be available for sale shortly,” continued Fairfull.
The dispensary is expected to open in approximately two months. Access for the dispensary will be off Ontario Street, just north of the railway tracks.
Cobourg Mayor Gil Broncainer worked at the facility for 26-years when it was Kraft/General Foods.
Brocanier said one of his jobs while working at the facility was supervising the Certo building when it was a micro-lab for Kraft.
“I’m really pleased Tom has taken on the responsibility of restoring such a significant building in Cobourg. Not just significant in the fact that it’s part of our build heritage, but it’s part of our industrial heritage.”
“The fact that we’re going to have a dispensary here, right on site and accessible to people in the area is a bonus.”
Overall, Fairfull said things are going slower than anticipated dealing with Health Canada and the regulatories.
“If they were deal with us quicker, we’d have a lot more jobs a lot faster.”
“I thought we would have had a couple of hundreds jobs by now, so far we’ve hired about 25 people.”
FSD Pharma through its wholly-owned subsidiary FV Pharma, is a licensed producer of marijuana under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) having received its cultivation license on October 13, 2017. Headquartered at the former Kraft plant in Cobourg, Ontario, approximately an hour’s drive from Toronto, FV Pharma management’s mission is to transform the facility into the largest hydroponic indoor cannabis facility in the world. FV Pharma intends to target all legal aspects of the cannabis industry, including cultivation, processing, manufacturing, extracts and research and development.
After the ribbon cutting dignitaries and media were given a tour of the facility as it is preparing for expansion.
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