Harvest One Announces Completion of Phase I of the Shoppers Drug Mart, TruTrace Technologies Pilot Program for Validation of Medical Cannabis

The program is designed to increase the transparency and validation of products within the medical cannabis industry.


VANCOUVER, Aug. 14, 2019 /CNW/ - PRESS RELEASE - Harvest One Cannabis Inc. has announced that the company's wholly-owned subsidiary, United Greeneries Ltd., has completed Phase I of a pilot program in conjunction with Shoppers Drug Mart and TruTrace Technologies Inc. designed to increase the transparency and validation of products within the medical cannabis industry.

The pilot program uses the StrainSecure technology as a master registry for standardized testing, product verification and quality assurance. Under StrainSecure, plant testing data and genomic verification for each plant batch is utilized for intellectual property protection and strain validation.

As recently announced by Shoppers, Phase 1 of the Pilot Program has been completed and United Greeneries successfully met all of the requirements of Phase 1 due in part to their early adoption of TruTrace's StrainSecure platform and implementation of the Master Genome Strain and Clone Registration Program. Phase 2 is expected to run until late November, followed by full production and implementation.

"Now that we have completed Phase 1 of the Pilot Project, medically-registered patients can have an increased level of confidence in the consumption of our Satipharm branded cannabis through Shoppers," said Grant Froese, CEO of Harvest One. "We are delighted to be a part of this groundbreaking effort that is leading the way towards transparency and traceability within the medical cannabis industry."

"Harvest One has been a strong supporter of our mission and an early adopter of our technology for quite some time," said Robert Galarza, CEO of TruTrace Technologies. "Their entire team views the medical cannabis industry with a great deal of sophistication and foresight; TruTrace is very excited to be working with Harvest One on this program."

In February 2019, Harvest One joined TruTrace's Master Genome Strain and Clone Registration Program.  In the following months, DNA was collected from United Greeneries cannabis strains and registered with StrainSecure. Following the registration of its strains, an initial set of Harvest One products were provisioned to carry TruTrace's Seal of Authenticity. This process provides an independent means for Harvest One to guarantee the origin of its products, thereby offering its consumers increased transparency and quality assurance.

Through its early participation in the StrainSecure system, Harvest One was ideally positioned for the Shoppers Pilot Program, which is founded on the same technology. Harvest One is evaluating further opportunities to exploit the detailed, genetic-level knowledge of its various strains.