Delta pot grower to bring new strains to Canadian market

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An East Delta greenhouse that made the switch to cannabis says it has established a “diverse genetic library” in its newly licensed 125,000-square-foot facility.

Also having operations in California and Washington, Rubicon Organics began converting a greenhouse on 104th Street to grow pot last year.

“Our extensive genetic library features unique stabilized cultivars previously developed in the medical cannabis market and will be instrumental in our breeding program where we commit to bringing new and exciting strains to the Canadian market,” said Jesse McConnell, co-founder and CEO of Rubicon Organics, in a news release this week.

“Plant genetics critically underpin our promise of high-quality terpene rich organic cannabis, therefore our library also includes cultivars not previously available in the Canadian market, including Sour Cookies and Creek Congo, both known for their outstanding flavour and terpene profiles.”

The company says the extensive breadth and scope of its genetic library is a further sign of its commitment to quality through the development and stabilization of disease-free and pest-resistant cannabis cultivars for future commercial production.

Rubicon Organics anticipates the first harvest at its Delta facility this spring.

The company last summer noted the retrofitted greenhouse is capable of producing 11,000 kilograms of cannabis flower per year, while a two-phase expansion plan will increase production to 67,000 kilograms per year by 2020.

Rubicon Organics was founded in 2014.