Why Grow Food When You Can Grow Weed? Farmers Face a Difficult Choice as Legalization Looms

Article by Khalil Akhtar, CBC News

Why grow food when you can grow weed? Farmers face a difficult choice as legalization looms Facebook Twitter Reddit LinkedIn Is farmland meant for food or should it be used to grow marijuana? Not everyone agrees Khalil Akhtar · for CBC News Ken Mariette is a spokesperson for the group Citizens Protecting Agricultural Land, based in Victoria. He argues that that marijuana production isn't the same as growing land-based crops, like corn, and using farmland for cannabis production threatens food security. (Khalil Akhtar/CBC)

As Canadians prepare for legal recreational cannabis, farmers are facing a difficult choice: whether they should use their land to grow cannabis or food.

Some farmers are in support of the idea of shifting to cannabis cultivation, but the idea is drawing opposition from others.

In B.C.’s Central Saanich, a district municipality in Greater Victoria, a plot of agricultural land was set to become a large-scale medical marijuana production facility with 21 greenhouses.

Then, petitioners showed up, calling for a ban on cannabis production on farmland and arguing farms are for food.

“We’re not against marijuana,” said Ken Mariette, spokesperson for the group Citizens Protecting Agricultural Land.

“We just don’t want it grown on prime farmland.”

But Shawn Galbraith, the founder and CEO of Evergreen Medicinal Supply, told CBC Radio’s On the Island that his company’s marijuana production facility should indeed be on agricultural land.

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