Article by Alison Langley, The Niagara Falls Review
Entrepreneur Conrad Floyd wants visitors to Niagara Falls to take their vacation to a higher level.
The Hamilton resident is in the process of converting a former derelict hotel on Lundy’s Lane into the city’s first cannabis-friendly inn.
“I feel Niagara is on a come back. For me, it’s the promised land for investing, and cannabis tourism is a whole new industry.”
When it opens later this year, the Pink Elephant Inn will feature 37 rooms, a four-season pool and a pizzeria.
Guests, who must be 19 or over, will also receive marijuana as part of the room rental.
“It’s going to be all-inclusive,” Floyd said.
And the hotel won’t be limited to bud and breakfast. There will also be a growing operation on site.
“People can learn, spend time with our grower and ask questions,” Floyd explained.
He also plans to host cannabis markets, car shows and food truck events on the premises.
Floyd said nearby residents are supportive of the new project as the property has been an eyesore for some time. It had previously been used as a long-term rental building before a fire gutted several units and it was shut down.
Floyd, who grew up in the hotel industry, is the owner of Hamilton Village Dispensary, which at one time sold medical marijuana.
“I was the first person in Hamilton to open a dispensary,” he said. “The police kept raiding us and raiding us and we kept opening.”
Floyd took his fight to the courts and in 2017 was given the green light to sell cannabis to those with prescriptions, but not to recreational users.