2019-05-22

Aqualitas enters the recreational cannabis market

by Charles Mandel

  • <p>David Sorcher, photo</p><p>Dylan Roy, a general crew member stands by some &#8220;mother&#8221; plnats that are used to clone new plants.</p>

Would Hilton the shark approve? It's hard to say, but on May 16 Brooklyn-based Aqualitas is launching its line of recreational cannabis, including an indica-dominant hybrid called White Shark.

The company is calling its recreational brand Reef, and in keeping with the theme is bestowing nautical names on its products, which include a high-THC sativa named High Seas; and Ebb & Flow, an indica with a blend of THC and CBD.

"We're thrilled that Reef's launch is into Nova Scotia's cannabis retailer. We are so proud to make our home here along the south shore and are so grateful for the support we have already received from across the province," Aqualitis CEO, Myrna Gillis, said in a statement.

The NSLC is carrying Aqualitas's products through its 12 cannabis outlets and on its website.

Aqualitas is located in the community of Brooklyn on the site of the former Bowater Mersey Pulp & Paper Mill. As Canada's first Clean Green Certified producer, Aqualitas grows its products for the medical and recreational marketplaces in organic living soil.

"Industry research shows that recreational consumers are looking for products that are organically grown and of a premium quality. Aqualitas has been recognized for its commitment to organic cultivation practices and its attention to compliance and quality production," Gillis said.

The new product could potentially ease some headaches for the NSLC, which has had problems meeting customer demand for the drug.

The NSLC has struggled to maintain a supply of cannabis ever since the drug was first legalized on October 17, 2018. The liquor corporation is not unique in that respect; other vendors nationally have experienced shortages as well.

Originally, the NSLC said that it issued an expression of interest to secure product from 14 cannabis suppliers, and previously said it initially expected to offer some 300 products representing 78 strains.

But when the market launched the corporation was only able to offer less than 40 per cent of what it originally projected, which ended up being 97 products representing 52 strains.

The current edition of LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin has an unprecedented look inside of Aqualitas's plant facilities in Brooklyn shot by photographer David Sorcher.

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