Article by Nathalie Sturgeon, CBC News
Zenabis will be New Brunswick’s third supplier of recreational marijuana, the government announced Monday as the province moved to make sure it has ample supplies of the drug by the time it’s legal.
A memorandum of understanding with the Restigouche County company has been signed in preparation for the federal government’s legalization of cannabis, expected next July.
“The whole world is moving in that direction,” Zenabis CEO Kevin Coft said in an interview Monday.
He expressed gratitude for the government’s support of his company, which is based in Atholville, west of Campbellton. There’s also a location in Delta, B.C., which will be growing 4,000 kilograms of marijuana and sending it back east every year as part of the new deal.
Coft said the Zenabis operation is about six weeks away from the flowering process, the first stage of life for cannabis, and about eight to 10 weeks before the plant can go into drying and trimming. Then it can be packaged for sale to consumers.
“This is something that we’ve been working for for three years,” he said.
Agreements have also been signed with two other cannabis producers: Organigram of Moncton and Canopy Growth Corp. of Smiths Falls, Ont.
At the Zenabis announcement, Premier Brian Gallant said some other premiers have worried about whether there would be a supply of cannabis.