Cansortium Converts Indoor Vertical Lettuce Farm to Marijuana Cultivation Facility
Cansortium Inc. has opened and begun growing in Phase 1 at its second medical marijuana cultivation facility in Florida.
Approved by the Florida Department of Health on Feb. 22, this six-level indoor cultivation facility in Tampa (previously an indoor vertical lettuce farm) will support 60,000 square feet of cultivation area when fully propagated and will focus primarily on producing premium flower for the newly legal marijuana flower market in Florida.
Until recently, Florida’s medical marijuana patients were limited to extract-based products such as CBD/THC oils, vapes, tinctures, topicals, etc., but a 2017 ban on the smoking of marijuana flower was overturned on March 19, 2019, enabling patients to purchase up to two-and-a-half ounces of whole flower marijuana every 35 days through the company’s current network of 10 Knox Medical dispensaries in Florida.
“The addition of our new Tampa cultivation facility is another important step in support of our strategy to address the needs of Florida’s medical marijuana patients by expanding our production capacity, dispensary network and premium medical marijuana offerings in key markets,” said Cansortium CEO Jose Hidalgo.
Since April 2015, the company has operated a 31,000 square-foot greenhouse and GMP-certified 9,000 square-foot processing facility in Winter Garden. The new 60,000 square-foot Tampa facility nearly triples Cansortium’s Florida production capacity.