Article by Solomon Israel, The Leaf News
Seven members of the Senate of Canada walk into a giant marijuana grow-op.
Not long after, the senators and their staff have seen almost all there is to see at the headquarters of Canopy Growth Corp. in this southeastern Ontario town, just an hour’s drive from Ottawa.
They saw the parking lot packed with cars, many of them pickup trucks owned by contractors expanding the government-licensed facility.
They saw the rooms full of cannabis plants growing tall under high-powered lights, the trimming room where freshly harvested cannabis bud is processed, the rooms where the potent bud is dried and packaged, and the high-security vault where the final product is stored before being shipped to registered medical cannabis users across Canada.
They saw a gleaming research and development laboratory, an enormous extraction device that turns valuable cannabis bud into even more valuable cannabis oil, and an encapsulating machine spitting out cannabis pills.
Now it’s almost time to pose for a group photo. But first, Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton takes questions from the visitors.
“You’ve looked at the legislation moving forward through the Senate; is there anything, part of the legislation, that concerns you?” asks Sen. Ratna Omidvar, a member of the Independent Senators Group.