By Dave Harrison
April 21, 2017, Flamborough, Ont. – Green Relief Inc. has become the 31st licensed producer in Canada to receive its license from Health Canada to sell medical marijuana, initiating an unprecedented era in the industry.
“We are using an innovative growing method called aquaponics, one of the most sustainable forms of agriculture in the world,” says Warren Bravo, CEO and co-owner of Green Relief Inc.
“Commercial aquaponics aligns perfectly with our company’s commitment to social and environmental responsibility by providing safe, healthy products for our clients, reducing the ecological footprint of agriculture, and contributing to the strength and economic growth of our community.”
With aquaponics, plants, fish, and microbes develop into a natural ecosystem for growing cannabis that uses 90 per cent less water than conventional agriculture with no discharge of damaging wastewater or soil into the environment.
“Harmful chemicals and pesticides cannot be used in an aquaponics system as they would harm the fish,” says Bravo. “This gives our patients the confidence and peace of mind that they are consuming a clean, naturally-grown product.”
“Our unique system also empowers our patients by helping feed people in need. Each month, our market-sized tilapia are donated to local homeless shelters in the Toronto area,” adds Bravo. “We have donated eight tonnes of healthy fish, resulting in more than 20,000 meals served to date. Being able to make this kind of contribution to our community has been a privilege.”
Green Relief operates out of a state-of-the-art facility in Flamborough. Designed by co-owners Warren Bravo and Steve LeBlanc, there’s no other facility like it in North America. Its green initiatives include earth sheltering for complete climate control over the growing environment and 100 per cent LED lighting.
With being granted their sales license, Green Relief can now sell their medical cannabis to registered patients across the country. Order fulfillment will begin Monday, May 1, 2017.