Small-Batch Bud Growers Hope to Eke Out Share of Cannabis Market

Article by Tori Weldon, CBC News

Small-batch bud growers hope to eke out share of cannabis market Social Sharing Facebook Twitter Reddit LinkedIn Retired Moncton man excited about being 'pioneer' in micro-cultivation market Tori Weldon · CBC News Rod Wilson says the number one rule for micro-cultivators will be 'Grow a quality product.' (Nicolas Steinbach/Radio Canada) May Nazair, head of marketing and communications with Zenabis, says micro-cultivated cannabis is for 'experienced smokers.' (Nicolas Steinbach/Radio Canada) Zenabis is looking to join forces with small-scale producers. It already has a large-scale growing facility in Atholville, but the company says cannabis grown by micro-cultivators will offer a different kind product. (Nicolas Steinbach/Radio Canada) Wilson says he can imagine an entire tourist industry built around bud, where New Brunswick is to cannabis as Napa Valley is to wine. (Nicolas Steinbach/Radio-Canada)

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.

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