LEAMINGTON, ON, March 13, 2018 /CNW/ - Aphria Inc. ("Aphria" or the "Company") (TSX:APH) (OTC:APHQF) today announced that the Company received a license amendment from Health Canada that provides Aphria with additional production space of 200,000 square feet, as part of its Part III expansion at its facility in Leamington, Ontario. This will more than triple the Company's production capacity of medical cannabis from 9,000 kg annually to 30,000 kg annually.
The Health Canada license amendment falls under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (Canada) ("ACMPR"). The first crop cultivated and produced at the Part III expansion will be available for sale in the last week of May, as previous announced.
"This marks the completion of the third part of our four-part expansion plan and is another exciting milestone for Aphria," said Vic Neufeld, Chief Executive Office of Aphria. "With more than three times the production capacity, we will continue to produce the highest-quality cannabis at one of the lowest costs in the industry. When completed early next year, our fully expanded facility will provide over 1,000,000 square feet of production space and, when combined with our strategic relationship with Double Diamond Farms and our recent acquisition of Broken Coast Cannabis, will bring our anticipated production capacity to 230,000 kg per year. This will enable Aphria to meet the expected demand from the Canadian market, while allowing a significant portion to be allocated to key established international markets."
We Have a Good Thing Growing.
Aphria Inc., one of Canada's lowest cost producers, produces, supplies and sells medical cannabis. Located in Leamington, Ontario, the greenhouse capital of Canada, Aphria is truly powered by sunlight, allowing for the most natural growing conditions available. Aphria is committed to providing pharma-grade medical cannabis, superior patient care while balancing patient economics and returns to shareholders.
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