Delta 9 Cannabis – Manitoba's Cannabis Company
September 2019

Dear Reader,

It appears that summer is just about over with the days getting a little bit cooler every week. Hopefully you had an awesome August! We definitely did. For starters, we just released our Q2 financial statements reporting record revenue for Delta 9 – view press release here.

We’re also busy putting the final touches on our next cannabis store, which will open at the end of September in Thompson, MB. And, we’re getting ready to hit the road next week for the MJ Biz International Conference in Toronto from September 4-6.

In this month’s newsletter we’ve got two articles for you. First, we’d like to introduce you to one of Delta 9’s original employees, the Queen of Clean, Hollie Kehler, who gives us an insider’s perspective on what it takes to make sure the Delta 9 facility is up to sanitation standards at all times.

Our second article focuses on those of you who may be new to cannabis or who know of someone that is thinking about trying it for the first or second time, or possibly trying it again after a long hiatus. We’ll take the guesswork out of what to do and what to expect.

Enjoy the last hoorah of summer over the Labour Day long weekend! We look forward to re-connecting in October just before Legalization 2.0.

Best regards,
The D9 Marketing Team

All Delta 9 Cannabis Stores will be closed on Labour Day
(Monday September 2)

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Meet the Queen of Clean at Delta 9

New to Cannabis? 7 Things You Need to Know

Featured Strain – AK-47

News & Events

Delta 9 Cannabis Store – St Vital / Osborne Village / Brandon – NOW OPEN!

Meet the Queen of Clean at Delta 9

Clean, quality cannabis the key to happy customers

Hollie Kehler, Director of Sanitation at Delta 9

Hollie Kehler, Director of Sanitation at Delta 9

When Delta 9 was founded in 2013 by the father and son team of Bill and John Arbuthnot, they knew that one of the major keys to future success would be producing clean, contaminant free, quality cannabis, not only to satisfy Health Canada regulations, but also to ensure long-term customer satisfaction.

The Queen of Clean

Enter the Queen of Clean, Hollie Kehler, the Director of Sanitation at Delta 9. One of the original employees at Delta 9, the 50-year-old former community healthcare worker was persuaded to switch careers by her friend Bill Arbuthnot, who liked what he saw in her work ethic and experience.

“Whatever needed to be done in the early days, I did,” said Hollie. “From cleaning to trimming to shipping and more. You had to be a jack-of-all trades in the early days. Now my daily responsibilities include managing the medical cannabis shipments, looking after the vault, keeping track of inventory and running the sanitation department. If I’m busy I’m happy.”

Hollie supervises 10 people and spends half her time at a desk and the other half surveying the Delta 9 facility to make sure best practices are being followed throughout.

“That’s extremely important to us as a company,” said Hollie. “We want a clean environment and clean cannabis and there are numerous processes that have to be followed. That’s one of the reasons why legal cannabis can be more expensive when compared to street weed. You can't imagine what you might be inhaling when you buy something off the street. Plants can be affected by mould, e-coli and all kinds of other contaminants. Our job is to make sure we produce clean, quality cannabis for our customers.”

Site-Wide Cleaning and Sanitation

Hollie’s clean machine swings into action as soon as someone steps through the door of the Delta 9 growing facility.

“Clean Grow Pods are important,” said Hollie. “But there’s also general sanitation. You've got your laundry, bathrooms, the lunchroom, floors, doorknobs and handles, all of it. The whole facility has to be cleaned regularly, and that includes the processing rooms and the vaults.”

Employees change into special uniforms when they arrive for work at Delta 9, and their shoes also stay inside the facility, so as to not bring contaminants in from the outside. Each staff member gets 11 sets of scrubs, which are laundered once a week. Additionally, there are mats at each doorway containing a cleaning solution that ensures a person’s footwear is sanitized before they travel into the production area.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has to be worn at all times when working with the cannabis plants. This includes facemasks, hairnets and gloves, which are changed before moving from one Grow Pod to the next.

“The plants are treated pretty much like patients in a hospital,” said Hollie. “And Grow Pods are cleaned thoroughly after every harvest.”

Delta 9 Grow Pod – ready for new grow

A Delta 9 Grow Pod, ready for a new grow!

After the Harvest – Grow Pod Cleaning Procedures

  • Remove unharvested plant material and growing medium.
  • Collect debris that has fallen off the plants, for destruction and burning.
  • Open the lights and clean them inside and out.
  • Clean the ducting from light to light.
  • Wash down the walls.
  • Sweep out additional debris.
  • Clean the growing troughs.
  • Clean the coils inside the air conditioners.
  • Change the light filters.
  • Change the carbon air filters.
  • Wash the floors.
  • Fog the entire Grow Pod with a mist of cleaning solution.

Because the Grow Pods are self-contained, any problems with individual grows are limited to that specific batch of cannabis, but they still have to be sanitized after every harvest. The Grow Pods must then receive a final approval from the QA department, before they can host the next crop of cannabis.

Feeding the Lump Buster

Feeding the Lump Buster

Comprehensive Plant Disposal

As per Health Canada, after harvesting, the leftover plant stems and roots have to be put through a machine called a lump buster to render them “improbable” according to regulations, otherwise meaning they won’t grow. Any remaining leaves and stock are also burned in a special incinerator. Once the process is complete, regulations require detailed reporting of the entire procedure for every plant.

A Passion for Quality

“Sanitation is top-of-mind in everything we do,” said Hollie. “There are numerous processes and parameters we have to adhere to, and standards we have to meet. We take great pride in what we do, and everybody at Delta 9 is very passionate about producing high-quality cannabis.”

The most enjoyable part of Hollie’s role as the Queen of Clean? The satisfaction of a job well done, happy customers and being able to contribute to a Manitoba success story.

“Watching my friend’s company thrive,” she said. “That’s special.”

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New to Cannabis?

7 Things You Need to Know

New to Cannabis? 7 Things You Need to Know

1. Start Low and Go Slow

You wouldn’t walk into a bar for the first drink of your life and order five tequila shots, would you? Not likely. You’d be on the floor in no time. The same goes for cannabis. You have to “Start Low and Go Slow,” especially if it’s your first time. While the effects of cannabis can be quite different than those experienced with alcohol, overconsumption can still make you feel uncomfortable. You want your first cannabis experience to be an enjoyable one, and there’s an excellent chance it will be!

2. Understand the Chemistry

There are over 100 different chemical compounds in cannabis known as cannabinoids, the best known of which are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is commonly known as the compound that produces the euphoric high, while CBD is generally known to produce a more relaxing and therapeutic effect. THC and CBD interact with each other and with the other cannabinoids and compounds in a particular strain to produce different types of highs, depending on the strain and your body chemistry. The percentages of THC and CBD in every strain sold by Delta 9 are displayed in-store, and on all of our cannabis container labels

3. Pick a Strain – Sativa vs. Indica

There are thousands of different cannabis strains, and Delta 9 offers an excellent selection. Sativa strains are generally associated with a more energizing high that simulates the mind and increases creativity. Indica strains are commonly associated with having a more relaxing effect on the mind and body. Sativa strains are often recommended for daytime use, creative pursuits and social functions, while Indica strains are often recommended for use in the evening, staying home and watching a movie, or even sleeping! Indica strains are also commonly known to increase appetite and reduce anxiety. Hybrid strains are a blend of both Sativa and Indica and feature properties of both strains. A brief conversation with a Delta 9 Cannabis Specialist can help you narrow your choices further based on their in-depth knowledge and specialized training, combined with feedback from previous consumers.

Jennifer Gingras

Jennifer Gingras, Delta 9 Cannabis Specialist at the Osborne Village location

4. Choose a Consumption Method

Cannabis can be smoked, vaporized, ingested or applied topically to the skin. Each method of consumption can take different amounts of time to generate the desired effects. Effects can generally be felt almost immediately when smoking or vaporizing cannabis. Ingestible soft gels and edibles can take 30-90 minutes or more to produce the desired effect, and it is recommended that you wait at least that long before ingesting more. Your high can last anywhere from 2-8 hours, but somewhere between 2-4 hours would be considered a normal time frame.

5. Use Responsibly

You must be 19 or older to buy and consume cannabis in Manitoba and you cannot smoke or vape cannabis in public, but you can carry a maximum of 30 grams of marijuana on you while in public. You can only buy from licensed retailers and you cannot grow cannabis at home. You cannot drive while high, and when transporting cannabis in your vehicle it must be stored in the trunk, an exterior compartment on the vehicle or another space in the vehicle designed for the carriage of goods or baggage that is not readily accessible to any person in the vehicle. It is illegal to take cannabis across the Canadian border, whether you’re leaving or coming to Canada, regardless of whether cannabis is legal in the country or location you are traveling to or from.

6. Consume in a Safe Place

The first time you try cannabis you should be in a relaxed, comfortable setting, preferably with friends. If you’re trying cannabis on your own, home would be a good place to start. Again, just make sure to start low and go slow and do not combine cannabis with any other drugs or alcohol. Try a little bit and see how it affects you. You want to fully understand how your cannabis makes you feel before you venture out into public places or attend social functions. Once you’ve achieved the desired effect, let your inhibitions go, sit back and…

Happy customers at the St. Vital Delta 9 Cannabis Store

Happy customers at Delta 9 Cannabis Store, St. Vital

7. Enjoy Your First Delta 9 Cannabis Experience!

There’s a very good chance that your first Delta 9 cannabis experience will live up to your expectations, especially if you start low and go slow. You might still get the giggles or the munchies, or you might just feel super relaxed and content.

Depending on the strain you choose and your body chemistry, cannabis can make you feel euphoric, anxious, relaxed, sleepy, hungry, or a combination of all. In general however, most consumers report that cannabis enhances the senses. Movies are more enjoyable, food tastes better, touch is more stimulating and conversations can definitely be more interesting, and funnier, for no apparent reason. If the strain you choose doesn’t achieve the desired outcome, you can always try something different. At some point however, your perceptions will be altered.

Just the way you want them to be.

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September Featured Strain

Delta 9 Cannabis – August Featured Strain – AK-47

The bud is light green with dark accents and a high amount of bright orange pistils. Trichomes are mostly milky with strikes of amber. It has medium-sized, moderately dense buds. Before grind, the scent is herbal and earthy with a hint of spice. After grind, the scent is sweet and floral.

THC: 14-15%
CBD: <1%


Delta 9 Cannabis Specialists Bob Hanson and Jennifer Gingras have this to say about AK-47:

Bob Hanson and Jennifer Gingras – Cannabis Specialists at Delta 9 Cannabis Store

Bob: “AK-47 is one of the oldest strains around. It has a very unique flavour and provides a very clear-headed high. It’s definitely energizing, so you need to be ready to direct that energy. Most consumers put their newfound energy into straight-out laughing, so it’s good for fun group outings.”

Jennifer: “AK-47 delivers a steady, long lasting cerebral buzz. It keeps you mentally alert and engaged in activities. It’s good for being creative and doing social activities. It’s a sativa dominant hybrid so it will make you feel happy, but you’ll also be able to get through a movie. It has enough indica in it to relax the body but you won’t fall asleep. It’s good for someone who is new to cannabis because it relaxes you quite nicely.”

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MJBiz International Conference – Toronto, ON – September 4-6, 2019

MJBiz International Conference

Stop by and visit Delta 9 Cannabis in booth #417 and learn more about our proprietary Grow Pods and available genetic starting materials – perfect for micro-cultivators just getting started.

When: September 4-6, 2019

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre – Toronto, ON



Delta 9 Cannabis Store – Thompson, MB

Come celebrate our expansion into Northern Manitoba! We'll be giving away “WEED THE NORTH” t-shirts to the first 100 customers. Stay tuned for more details!

When: End of September, 2019

Where: 300 Mystery Lake Road, Thompson MB

Brandon Clinic Days

Brandon Clinic Days

There will be two clinic days being held at the Delta 9 Cannabis Store in Brandon. Our staff will connect you with our Winnipeg Doctors via Skype technology for your medical appointment.

When: October 2 and October 23, 2019

Where: Delta 9 Cannabis Store
1570-18th St (Brandon)

Please call the Delta 9 Cannabis Clinic to book your appointment:


Countdown to Cannabis Legalization 2.0

Cannabis edibles, vape pens and topicals will be available in our stores by December 15, 2019.

When: December, 2019

Where: All Delta 9 Cannabis Stores
1-827 Dakota St (Winnipeg)
478 River Ave (Winnipeg)
1570-18th St (Brandon)

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