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Rubicon Organics receives organic certification


July 16, 2019
By Grow Opportunity staff

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Rubicon Organics' 125,000-sq.-ft. greenhouse facility sits on a 20-acre property in Delta, B.C.

Vancouver-based Rubicon Organics Inc. has received organic certification from the Fraser Valley Organics Producers Association (FVOPA) at its flagship 125,000-square-foot hybrid greenhouse facility in Delta, BC.  As a result, the company is now positioned to supply certified organic, super-premium cannabis grown at scale to a market where organic products are in high demand, short supply and priced at significant premiums, the company said.

“Organic cannabis is highly coveted in the medical and over-the-counter markets in North America and Europe,” said Jesse McConnell, chief executive officer and co-founder of Rubicon Organics. “Due to a substantial lack of supply of high-quality cannabis in the marketplace, there is currently a 40 per cent to 50 per cent price premium for super-premium cannabis products and an additional 25 per cent to 50 per cent price premium for organic products in Canada.  This is the market that Rubicon Organics is now well-positioned to serve.”

Rubicon Organics is currently one of just two cannabis companies in Canada to be certified by FVOPA.  FVOPA’s rigorous certification program is compliant with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17065, Canadian Organic Standards and BC Certified Organic programs.

Rubicon Organics’ cannabis is grown in a proprietary 100 per cent organic soil and fertilizer mix made in-house and developed over years of organic cannabis cultivation, research and development by the company’s chief science officer, who also wrote the Certified Organic Cannabis Standard in Canada for FVOPA. Rare and semi-rare cannabis strains are grown without herbicides or pesticides in a sophisticated hybrid greenhouse environment with exposure to natural sunlight and a fully automated climate control system ensuring optimal growing conditions year-round, the company said.

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The company expects to begin selling branded super-premium, certified organic cannabis products in Canada in the fourth quarter of 2019.