“Consumers across Canada will now have access to premium quality Kootenay grown craft cannabis”
The city of Castlegar in British Columbia and the Cannabis West Development Corporation (CWDC) have finalized an agreement for the development of Canada’s first craft cannabis park, Castlegar News reports
Expected to become the future home of a wide variety of small, premium cannabis brands, the new development is set to break ground on the West Kootenay Regional Airport Lands, which the CWDC says will aid grey-market cultivators to legitimize their businesses while providing cannabis enthusiasts with increased access to the quality legal herb.
“Consumers across Canada will now have access to premium quality Kootenay grown craft cannabis,” the company said in a statement. “Producers are unable to produce high-quality cannabis and cannabis-based medications that will be produced within the Castlegar park.”
CWDC CEO Mike Hansen said the choice of location was a no-brainer.
“There are so many great growers in the Kootenays and we’re happy to be able to provide a perfect home for their businesses,” Hansen stated. “Additionally, the local government is very supportive, forward thinking, and understands that many talented people live in the region. We are very pleased to be working in such a great community.”
Hansen says that the park will be developed in phases, with pre-construction measures set to kick off as soon as possible. The developer intends to use primarily local labourers and tradespeople, and hopes to start moving clients into units before the end of the year.
Phase I of the development is set to consist of a total of 10 units over three acres. Hansen believes that the first phase could create between 30 and 50 full-time jobs, with an additional 50 to 80 part-time positions. The following phases, once completed, could bring the total of new jobs up to 420.
Each unit measures approximately 7,000 sq.-ft and will operate as a separate facility, with the developer planning to keep and operate approximately 20 per cent of the space.
Once the development of the property has concluded, the company intends to lease and sell the separate units to independent growers who are licensed by Health Canada for micro-cultivation.
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Written by Emma Spears