Article by CTV News
Under tight security, 100,000 marijuana plants arrived at Vancouver International Airport Saturday to be cultivated in a network of greenhouses in Langley, B.C. that’s being touted as the largest licensed cannabis production facility in the world.
That Metro Vancouver facility is run by BC Tweed Joint Venture Inc., which involves a B.C. greenhouse operator and cannabis giant Canopy Growth Corp., whose marijuana production licence was just approved on Feb. 16.
Although recreational pot will likely not be commercially available in Canada until August at the earliest, companies like BC Tweed are already gearing up for legalization.
“We have five distribution deals with the provinces that have announced (their legalization plans) so far in Canada,” Canopy Growth spokesperson Jordan Sinclair told CTV Vancouver on Saturday. “So we’ll be using this for recreational sales as well as medical sales.”
The plants were loaded up in Canopy Growth’s sprawling Smith Falls, Ont. facility and flown from nearby Ottawa to Vancouver. They were transported to Langley in armoured vehicles.
The greenhouses where they will be cultivated were formerly used to grow bell peppers.