This Nova Scotia company is thriving on fish-fuelled cannabis

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This story first appeared in Weekend Dispensary, a new weekly newsletter from The GrowthOp. Signup now to get a story delivered to your inbox every Saturday.  Aqualitas, a licensed cannabis producer on the south shore of Nova Scotia, does things a little differently.  The first cannabis producer in Canada to be Clean Green certified, Aqualitas is one of just a few Canadian producers that grow cannabis using aquaponics. In a closed-loop system, where water and energy demands are drastically reduced, koi fish provide nutrients to feed the plants, while the plants help clean the water.  The Clean Green certification doesn’t just account for sustainable growing practices, however, it also factors in labour conditions, including employee wages.  While most companies have struggled with the disruption wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, Aqualitis has avoided any layoffs. In fact, the women-led company has hired 12 people since January of last year. RELATED LINKS: Inside story of how this Toronto pot shop is competing with big retailers What pot products are Canadians buying when it comes to wellness? Medical Cannabis in Canada: How a healthcare strategist went from clinical trial enrolment to cannabis — and why he wants to improve our understanding of the treatment category   Located in Brooklyn, N.S., in the Region of Queens Municipality, Aqualitas has grown from around 50 employees in 2018, when it moved into the former Bowater Mersey paper mill site , to more than 90 employees in 2020.  According to Darlene Norman, mayor of the Region of Queens, Aqualitas is now a top-five employer in the area.  Some of Aqualitas’ staff are former employees at the mill, which was shuttered in 2012 after operating for more than 70 years, while other locals who left the province in search of employment have now found a reason to return.…

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