A few days before the legalization of marijuana, the suppliers of the Quebec Cannabis Society (SQDC) are working hard to ensure that they can meet the demand.
TVA Nouvelles had privileged access to Hexo’s facilities in Gatineau, the most important player in this field in Quebec.
In its facilities, we produce 108 tons of cannabis a year.
“We are preparing to distribute, and all that we do in tight deadlines, to meet the deadlines of our customers, so it goes quickly, it rolls,” says Isabelle Robillard, director of communications at Hexo.
A real marathon is underway, with one goal: to avoid a stock-out in the first days of legalization, because Hexo is the main supplier of the SQDC.
To meet the demand, in Quebec in particular, Hexo relies on facilities of one million 300,000 square feet.
“One is under construction for another million square feet of greenhouses,” adds me Robillard.
The growth of this Quebec cannabis giant is such that we need a lot of employees. Between 10 to 15 new workers are hired every week.
“We are getting closer to 300 employees at Hexo,” says the director of communications. We are hiring quite aggressively. “
The value of the company on the stock market has almost doubled and is now around one billion 500 million dollars.
Already the first marijuana shipments have taken over the management of the SQDC branches. It is a real race against the clock that is played by October 17.