Ontario-based medicinal marijuana company Canopy Growth has just received a cultivation license for the first of its two cannabis production sites that will operate in BC.

The newly-licensed site, located in Aldergrove, is the largest federally licensed cannabis site anywhere in the world, according to a company release.

The company said the facility will help it meet “an unprecedented increase in demand in a few short months once legal adult-use markets commence.”

The initial licensing covers over 400,000 sq. ft. of growing space, allowing vegetative growth so that the mature plants can be spread into the full 1.3 million sq. ft. in the coming months for flowering and ultimate harvest.

After a few months of renovations at the site, the facility received the largest single shipment of cannabis clones in the Company’s history this past weekend, with over 100,000 live cannabis clones flown from Ontario to BC.

Our team has made monumental and often historic progress in the retail landscape of every Canadian province to have announced its system to date,” said Canopy Growth President, Mark Zekulin. “A cultivation license for our first BC Tweed site positions us to continue this trend as Canada’s… most reliable and most diversified producer and seller of high quality regulated cannabis.”

With the Aldergrove, BC site now into the production stage, BC Tweed’s focus will turn to its second BC site, a 1.7 million sq. ft. greenhouse, with work already well under way.

With this expansion, Canopy Growth is on track to have over 5.6 million sq. ft. of growing space, the company noted.

“As proud native British Columbians and long-time horticulture producers we are excited to continue the proud tradition of BC bud on a national scale,” said Victor Krahn, who runs operations for BC Tweed. “We’re going to take the Tweed brand to the next level on the West Coast and bring the best our province has to offer to the country and the world.”