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Cronos breaks ground on world’s largest indoor cannabis facility

Facility is being designed to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certification standards.


TORONTO — Cronos Group Inc. has broken ground on a 315,000 square-foot expansion at its Peace production campus, which includes a 286,000 square-foot production facility, a 28,000 square-foot greenhouse, and an additional 1,200 square-foot extraction laboratory.

The company is touting the project as the largest purpose-built indoor cannabis production facility in the world when it’s finished. The expansion will establish the Peace production campus as Cronos’ global center of excellence.

The facility is designed to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certification standards and will include: a designated area for proprietary genetic breeding; pharmaceutical laboratory for cannabinoid and terpene extraction, identification, and formulation; R&D space for analyzing metabolite enhancement and new lighting technologies; tissue culture laboratory; industrial-grade kitchen; and processing infrastructure capable of supporting production output from other Cronos facilities.

The superstructure is expected to be completed by November 2017, and operational by next summer 2018. The expansion brings Peace’s total estimated production capacity to 40,000 kilograms on an annualized basis.

The 28,000 square-foot greenhouse will provide low-cost flower for extraction, and used to collect data and implement advanced cultivation techniques that can be replicated across Peace, ITZ and future international production campuses.

A 1,200 square-foot pharmaceutical-grade extraction lab will be connected to the greenhouse, expanding Peace’s current extraction capacity. The extraction lab will augment capabilities in both purification and recombination of cannabinoid compounds to create innovative formulated products. Completion of both projects is expected by the end of the summer.

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