LEE — Canna Provisions soon will offer its own cannabis products cultivated and manufactured in Sheffield.
Lee’s lone retail marijuana shop expects to sell well-known strains such as Chemdog 91, Chemdog D and Hippy Slayer, according to Canna officials.
“We have plants that have been growing, and we should have our first product ready in February,” said Chief Operating Officer Erik Williams.
Canna began growing marijuana plants inside its 7,000-square-foot facility on North Main Street in Sheffield shortly after the state Cannabis Control Commission gave final approval for the agricultural project in mid-November.
Williams added that the “vast majority” of the product will be sold at Canna’s retail shops in Lee, Holyoke and Easthampton.
“This is one of the most important events for our company, in that we will have control over our supply and we are thrilled to start growing Chemdog strains,” said Canna owner/CEO Meg Sanders. The company had been selling products purchased on the wholesale cannabis market.
Canna Provisions, which opened in July 2019 on Housatonic Street, just off Exit 2 of the Massachusetts Turnpike, grossed $16 million in its first year — far exceeding the company’s $10 million projection. The net gain to the town was almost $1 million in fees and sales tax revenue.
As Canna is poised to harvest its first cannabis crop, it also is preparing to add an additional 4,000 square feet of indoor cultivation space in April or May. The expansion will increase the average monthly harvest from 105 pounds to 192 pounds of cannabis, officials said.
In addition, Canna will have an outdoor growing area that, Williams said, shouldn’t create odor problems.
“I can’t think of the closest house to our operation,” he said.
The Sheffield cultivation/manufacturing facility is one of two that Canna Provisions has in the works. An indoor-only operation at the Quarry Hill Business Park off Route 102 in Lee will begin as a 10,000-square-foot facility, with the capacity to double in size.
Williams says 20,000 square feet was the original plan, but the economic impact of COVID-19 forced Canna to scale back the project to start. Canna officials need to get Planning Board and Select Board approval for the revision.
The CCC already has granted the Lee facility a provisional license, the last step before final approval, Williams said. The cultivation/ manufacturing operation should be up and running next year, producing 300 pounds of marijuana a month. The cannabis products made there will be sold in all three Canna stores, as well as elsewhere in the state.
Greg Krzanowski, hired this year as Canna’s director of cultivation, is known as “Chemdog”; Williams said he’s a rock star in the cannabis industry.
“Chemdog is considered the father of modern-day cannabis,” he said.
Kzranowski took the job based on the company mission.
“Seeing the vision and passion of the team they have assembled being directly in line with my own, personally and professionally, gives me no doubt that we can provide the best possible products we can achieve,” he said in prepared remarks.