Secret B.C. lab breeds super weed

Lab manager Abdul Ahad examines marijuana inside MediJean's secure Richmond facility on Monday....

Lab manager Abdul Ahad examines marijuana inside MediJean's secure Richmond facility on Monday. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)

Michael Mui, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 5:08 PM ET

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.


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