On Friday 26 April, FV Pharma formally announced to Cobourg media that they received their Sale for Medical Purposes licence to sell cannabis under the Cannabis Act (Canada) as previously announced on this site (see link below). Two of the founders of the parent company FSD Pharma were at the event: Zeeshan Saeed and Anthony Durkacz, as were FV Pharma CEO Dr. Sara May and MP Kim Rudd – and of course Mayor John Henderson and Councillor Adam Bureau. Media were given a tour of the facility although not the growing area due to the need for special clothing per Health Canada regulations. There were several areas slated to be used for expansion with one of three large areas currently in the process of being prepared.
John Henderson and Kim Rudd congratulated FV Pharma for their achievements in growing quickly, providing employment and now getting their licence. John said that some of the jobs were technical (e.g. for research) so that there is a range of work available. Sara commented that their growth would mean additional jobs before too long. She also emphasized that the company wanted to be the best at what they did as well as having the largest indoor cultivation area.
The photo above right is of MP Kim Rudd and CEO Dr. Sara May with an expansion area being prepared in the background.
MP Kim Rudd said that when the Kraft plant closed it was bad for the community with all the jobs lost. Also, the Kraft plant was quite large and therefore it seemed it would be difficult to find a company to take it over. But in fact, it suited the plans of FSD Pharma very well. As Sara said – “we didn’t have to re-invent the wheel”. Kim also pointed out that the company has stated publicly that it will be adding 1,500 jobs by 2021, should it be successful in obtaining all the necessary licenses required by Health Canada. Most of these jobs will be sourced from the local employment pool.
FSD Pharma executives made it clear that a good relationship with the local community was important to them. Zeshan Saaed said: “We are committed to Cobourg and the surrounding region. Our new President (Sara) is a resident, and we are confident we can find the employees we need from the local talent pool”.
John Henderson mentioned the Certo building and the importance of its heritage and I understand that converting it to a dispensary is still on the company’s agenda.
Below are photos of the event:
- Mayor John Henderson; FV Pharma CEO Dr. Sara May; MP Kim Rudd; President, Founder and Director Zeeshan Saeed.
- The next area to be put to use – currently being prepared.
- The Conference room used for the announcement with an impressive display on one wall reflected in the glass top table.
- Executive Co-Chairman of the Board and Founder (FSD Pharma), Anthony Durkacz; MP Kim Rudd; President, Founder and Director (FSD Pharma), Zeeshan Saeed; Mayor John Henderson.
- FSD Pharma Web site
- FSD Pharma Press Release
- FV Pharma Web site
- Cobourg’s Cannabis Facility can now sell product – 22 April
- Press Release from MP Kim Rudd