Article by Sara Carson, Simcoe.com
As medicinal marijuana grows to a billion dollar industry in Canada, producers are tapping Simcoe County for our knowledge in farming and agriculture. We’re home to two Health Canada licensed producers — in Creemore and Stayner — and at least three more companies plan to set up within our borders. They are: Enderlein Nurseries in Lisle, MedReleaf Corp. in Bradford West Gwillimbury, and Georgian Bay Bio Med in Collingwood.
“We consider what we do to be high-value agriculture. So we’re looking for people who come from an agricultural background,” said Jeff Jacobson, vice-president of business development with The Peace Naturals Project in Stayner.
“Simcoe County is historically a very agriculture-driven region, so it made sense from a labour-pool perspective. I think others will see that benefit as well,” he added.
Peter Miller launched Creemore’s Agripharm Corp. in mid-2013. His uncle is John Miller of Miller’s Dairy, itself a leader in the milk production industry. The company sold to Mettrum Ltd., which also owns a facility in Bowmanville.
George Scorsis, president of Mettrum Ltd., said Creemore has been very supportive and the company has been able to utilize skill sets ingrained in the community.
“We can pull people with very, very unique skills and allow them to adopt that skill set within medical cannabis,” he said.
Both The Peace Naturals Project and Agripharm Corp. are located on farmland, which they will use to continually expand. Located on 100 acres, The Peace Naturals Project is looking into geothermal and solar projects.