Article by CTV News
The Maritimes budding marijuana industry is showing signs of growth this weekend in New Brunswick.
One of the region’s big players is expanding its workforce, and at the same time, industry leaders from around the world will soon be arriving for an international meeting on the future of the business.
Organigram already has close to 300 employees at its rapidly expanding facility in Moncton, and that number is poised to grow even larger.
“We’re looking for approximately another 100 people, and that’s an immediate need, so this won’t be our last job fair,” says Jeff Purcell, Organigram’s Vice President of Operations.
The company is preparing to supply product for retail sales when cannabis is officially legalized in Canada, an event that seemed unlikely just a few years ago.
“As we hire people we explain the pace of growth and it’s been remarkable to see our employees have really grasped the notion of change,” adds Purcell.
A very significant change occurred this week when the Senate passed a historic bill to legalize recreational marijuana. The bill still has to go back to the House of Commons for final approval.