VANCOUVER - A Richmond, B.C., company has collected 224 marijuana strains from around the globe and has brought them to its fortress-like lab to break the plants down to DNA levels and breed them to treat disease.
MediJean’s ambitions — strictly designed following Health Canada’s new rules on having secure pot facilities — are to eventually set up production capacity on a global scale to supply patients with treatments for ailments ranging from cancer to multiple sclerosis to epilepsy, among others, according to CEO Jean Chiasson.
His facility, strategically located next to a Richmond RCMP station, has a security level just one step below that of military bases. Cameras are everywhere and check-ins and outs for visitors are mandatory. Photographing security devices is strictly forbidden, while its address is withheld for security reasons.
A vault — the centre of what could eventually be a massive distribution system — currently sits empty until the company secures a production licence from Health Canada.