Local medical marijuana producer enters into agreement with Cannabis NB

Steve Johnson photo Tidal Health Solutions, based in St. Stephen, has begun selling two of its strains to Cannabis NB. The company plans to launch two more strains in retail outlets, along with a line of cannabis derived products in January.

St Stephen – Tidal Health Solutions, one of the marijuana growing operations which has made St. Stephen its home, has announced they are now supplying Cannabis NB with products for their retail stores.

Cannabis NB has been stocking “Shoreline” and “Even Keel”, two unique strains of Tidal’s Affirma brand, across 20 retail locations. According to the company, they have received positive consumer feedback on these strains and plans are now in place to list two more, a high THC strain called “Sea Glass”, and a high CBD strain called “Clear Water”.

Steve Johnson, chief commercial officer for Tidal Health, says that consumers were liking the re-usability of the pouches that the 1 gram and 3.5 gram products come in. “People have been using them for other dried herb products, and they like that they don’t have to throw them out,” he said. Cannabis NB has faced criticism for the amount of disposable packaging that products sold in their stores are required to have.

“We are pleased to be working with Tidal Health Solutions, to help us expand our portfolio of safe recreational adult-use products,” said Lara Wood, general manager of Cannabis NB. “We are always happy with the opportunity to partner with a local licensed producer”.

“This expansion into the retail space is an important one for Tidal. We are thrilled that the people of New Brunswick will now have more options and access to both our Shoreline and Even Keel strains,” said Tony Cina, interim President and CEO.

In the past year-and-a-half, Tidal has purchased seven pieces of land and four buildings adjacent to its primary facility in the St. Stephen Industrial Park and has consolidated this into the Tidal Campus, located on 42+ acres of land with 24,000 sq. ft of enclosed space for indoor vertical cultivation and 59,000 sq. ft. of building space to be dedicated to research, development, and production.

Johnson added, “Our focus remains around research and development and bringing that education knowledge to the local market as we build our medical portfolio,” but acknowledged that the company is developing a line of products for the January launch of what the industry is calling “Cannabis 2.0”, when stores will begin selling cannabis derived products like edibles, creams, and oils.

Johnson says that the company is contributing to the local market supply through this agreement, while continuing to focus on its core medical cannabis business.

Tidal health was founded by a Dr. Douglas Smith, a medical cannabis expert, who was impressed by the positive impacts that medical cannabis has for treating patients – especially those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), particularly with veterans in New Brunswick.

“We are also very proud to now be registered as a licensed seller of medical Cannabis on behalf of Veterans Affairs Canada,” added Cina.

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