What Small-Town Canada Has to Gain From Legal Weed

Article by CBC

Empty growing trays at a 7-acre greenhouse facility run by Supreme Pharmaceuticals, in Tiverton, Ontario. What small-town Canada has to gain from legal weed

On Thursday, the federal government introduced legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

There are still plenty of details to be ironed out before the July 1st, 2018 target date for legal pot. But despite the uncertainty, private companies are already preparing to profit from the new industry.

And Canada’s small towns are lining up to claim their own share of the economic benefits.

Many of Canada’s rural communities have been hit hard by factory closings and changes in agriculture.

Some of them see medical and recreational marijuana as a way to kickstart a badly-needed economic revival.

Murray Clarke is Kincardine’s Chief Administrative Officer. He says the decision to welcome the operation into their community was uncontroversial and saw very little opposition, although there were a few jokes.

“Our fire chief said that if they do ever get a call at the facility, we should order the pizza at the same time.”

In Kincardine, south along the western coast of the Bruce Peninsula, an abandoned and deteriorating greenhouse has been converted from growing tomatoes to growing marijuana. The facility, which is called “7 Acres,” now covers seven acres of land in an industrial park.

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