Southern Alberta Marijuana Business Growth Exploding Ahead of Legalization

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Southern Alberta marijuana business growth exploding ahead of legalization

Before the end of 2017, a five-acre site near Claresholm, Alta., will be full of greenhouses growing medical marijuana plants.

The industry is booming in Alberta, despite the plans for federal legalization of marijuana being more than a year away — making for a lot of excitement, as well as some concern.

Construction is set to begin in June for the 65,000-square-foot medical marijuana greenhouse, with room for expansion into the production of recreational products, once pot is legalized on Canada Day next year.

“What’s kind of most fascinating at this stage is the volume of different businesses that want to be involved (in the sector),” said Calgary marijuana lawyer John Davidson, whose client list is growing by at least one new marijuana-related business a month.

Davidson said he has clients who are creating everything from food and beverage products, natural wellness products and even high-efficiency lights that would assist with growing marijuana.

It’s expected that the greenhouse will be one of the town’s largest employers when it opens in six to eight months.

The co-owners of Custom Cannabis in Claresholm said they’re being bombarded with resumes from people living in the area, who are hoping to be one of the 35 staff members that will run the greenhouse.

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