Cameras and barbed wire to protect the plant pot

News 10 February, 2018
  • Photo Amélie St-Yves
    The plant of cannabis IsoCanMed in Louiseville is hypersécurisée with its fences with barbed wire, his many cameras and his security guards.

    Amélie St-Yves

    Friday, 9 February 2018 23:12

    Friday, 9 February 2018 23:12

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    LOUISEVILLE | hundreds of thousands of dollars have been invested in the new plant of cannabis from Louiseville to ensure that the plants are not stolen.

    The owners of the first factory of IsoCanMed in Louiseville have deployed a vast arsenal to meet the safety standards of Health Canada.

    Fences with sensors of vibration and barbed wire, cameras by the dozens, a security guard on site at all times, nothing was left to chance to protect the plant which is worth $ 10 million and that will produce annually 10 million grams of marijuana.

    “Let’s say that there is not a black space that is not captured by a camera pointing to a wall or floor. It is impossible to walk on the inside of the security perimeter without being filmed, and even outside the perimeter, at a certain distance from the fence, ” said the investor Erik Bertacchini.

    Without revealing the details, he claims to have a factory-armored, as from the outside than from the inside.

    “This is not a “little guy” alarm, which can install systems like this. It is really specialized companies. We speak about equipment like you see in the movies, ” he says.


    The three owners of IsoCanMed, Erik Bertacchini, Renato Bertacchini and Eric Bouvier, however, have only recently received their license to produce medical cannabis, while they are working on the folder, and the construction of the factory for two years.

    “It is 500 pages of laws and procedures even when. The number of procedures that Health Canada is incredible. There are thousands, ” said Eric Bouvier.

    The production of medical cannabis will start possibly in the spring, and the license sales will follow. They are beginning to look at CV and plan to hire 25 people in the short term, 50 in total.

    They are designed to produce ten tonnes of medicinal cannabis dried by year.

    Phase 2

    The owners do not know when they can start selling. Yet, they are already talking about a second phase, which would increase the size of the plant to 65 000 square feet to 500,000 square feet. The production is thus increased to 100 tons per year.

    The plot of 700 000 square feet, bought in the MRC de Maskinongé to 14 under a square foot, could contain such ambitions.

    Erik Bertacchini and Eric Bouvier said they would not be in a strategic approach to already have a plant in place when cannabis will be legalized next summer. They do not deny, however, that they could possibly be begin in recreational marijuana.

    “We will see when the laws will come out, but for the moment, it really focuses on the medical,” said Mr. Bertacchini, stressing that one did not speak so much of the legalization when the steps began two years ago.