Article by Julien Lecacheur, CBC News
At first glance, the Village of Cremona looks just like the other small communities you’ll find scattered across rural Alberta.
A school, a gas station, a corner store, a small hotel, a restaurant, a bank and a hair salon are among the businesses that dot the dozen or so streets inhabited by some 457 residents.
Located on Highway 22 between Cochrane and Sundre, Cremona is the type of place where visitors are rare and those who do stop only stay for a few minutes to fill up with gas or grab a bite to eat before heading back on their way. Surrounded by fields and cows as far as the eye can see, it’s a typical, rural place.
Except for the licensed grow op.
The village’s neighbour is Aurora Cannabis, a major — and legal — marijuana production facility that’s about to get even bigger.
As the only producer in Alberta, Aurora’s owners are confident in their venture, in the existing market for medical cannabis and in the future legalization of pot. By 2018, they want to become the largest producer of medical marijuana in Canada and, later, the world.