One of the world’s first cannabis research and development centers is operational in Kelowna.
The Flowr Corporation and Hawthorne Canada Limited inaugurated the facility over two years ago, with the goal of finding the best and latest ways to grow cannabis indoors.
The center includes state-of-the-art labs, indoor grow rooms and training areas, where Flowr will test growing systems and techniques using Hawthorne’s advanced lighting, fertilization and irrigation systems, growing media and research protocols.
The building is located adjacent to Flowr’s indoor production facilities on the Kelowna-Lake Country border.
“The completion of the R&D center brings our work with Hawthorne to life and will help both companies stay at the forefront of cannabis cultivation for years to come,” said Flowr President and Interim CEO Lance Emanuel, in a press release. “The operationalization of the R&D center is a major achievement for our organization and strengthens our competitive advantage in culture.
“… It will be imperative to leverage our work at the R&D center for our eventual entry into the United States once the law allows it at the federal level.”
The operations will be led by Dr. Deron Caplan, the first person in North America to earn a doctorate focused on cannabis cultivation and production.
Hawthorne is a subsidiary of Scots Miracle-Gro, which is the world’s leading marketer of consumer lawn and garden products.