New Brunswick wants to be your marijuana supplier.
The Liberal government, led by 34-year-old Brian Gallant, sees weed as green gold — an important creator of revenue and jobs in a province that badly needs both.
It is giving producers financial incentives, has developed a community college program for cannabis technicians, and announced March 24 that marijuana is to be a pillar of its economic strategy.
Marijuana ended the career of a New Brunswick premier in the 1980s, but as Canada nears legalized weed it is taboo no more.
“The New Brunswick government is … perhaps the most supportive provincial government in the country of the cannabis industry,” said Kent Hovey-Smith, a spokesman for Tidal Health Solutions.
Tidal Health is building a marijuana production facility in St. Stephen, near the Canada-U.S. border, where it hopes to create up to 40 jobs. Hovey-Smith said his company chose its location in large part because of the provincial supports.
“I think New Brunswick has a unique opportunity here, given the government’s commitment,” he said. “They are interested in job creation, but they are also willing to do something about it.”
Tidal Health Solutions becomes the third marijuana production company to call New Brunswick home — joining Organigram in Moncton and Zenabis in Atholville.