Sundial’s Rocky View facility has received the green light from Health Canada allowing the company to begin selling its Alberta grown cannabis in the province.
With the facility now fully licensed, Sundial Growers Inc. will immediately start shipping product to Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC), making its initial line of branded cannabis products available to Albertans.
Sundial spokesperson Claire Buffone-Blair said the company was not supplying product to the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission so far.
“This allows us to ship product immediately,” she said, adding shipping starts this week.
Sundial’s medical platform and portfolio of medical products will become available for patients starting in early 2019, a news release states.
It is unknown how much product the company will be supplying to the AGLC. Buffone-Blair said Sundial will meet its obligation to the AGLC to supply cannabis to Albertans under the contract between the two.
She did not confirm whether the shipments will help cannabis shortage.
The Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission put on a temporary hold on issuing licences recently, which means no additional marijuana stores will enter the Alberta market, including Red Deer and Central Alberta.
Kaleigh Miller, AGLC’s senior communications officer, said the agency anticipates the temporary halt will last six to 18 months.
The company also has a facility in Olds, which is under construction. It received a cultivation license from Health Canada in September for the first phase of the 500,000 sq. ft facility.
Additional cultivation capacity will be added as quickly as Health Canada grants the required licenses. The facility will be fully built in 2019 and will consist of 140 state-of-the-art, individually controlled cultivation rooms capable of producing over 100 million grams of cannabis annually.
Sundial along with Canopy Growth, Aphria, ABCann, 7Acres, Aurora Cannabis Enterprises Inc., among others are listed as licensed producers on the AGLC website.
So far, AGLC has granted 65 licences across Alberta, including Red Deer’s Green Town and Stettler’s Fire & Flower. This number won’t go up until the temporary hold is lifted.