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Rod Wilson planned to spend his golden years growing lavender and Christmas trees when he bought a five-acre farm outside Moncton a few years ago, but the call of a new niche industry proved too strong.
With a group of investors he also calls friends, Wilson is hoping to get in on the ground floor as a grower of small-batch, high-quality cannabis.
“How often in your career do you get a chance to potentially participate in something that’s brand new, ground floor?” he asked.
“I thought it would be an interesting idea to be one of those pioneers.”
Two years into his retirement from the pharmaceutical industry, Wilson has already built a growing shed. There are no plants in sight, but Wilson does have a plan.
“A micro-cultivators, number one rule will be grow a quality product.”
With that in mind, he wants to start small and, and build more growing sheds when and if there is a demand.
But even these humble beginnings don’t come cheap.