Medicine Hat lands cannabis oper­a­tion

Lethbridge Herald - - HEADLINE NEWS -

Aurora Cannabis Inc. says it is ac­quir­ing about 29 hectares of land in Medicine Hat to build a new high-tech cannabis fa­cil­ity.

The com­pany says a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with the city in­cludes a prospec­tive 10-year, 42 megawatt en­ergy sup­ply agree­ment.

Aurora says the new fa­cil­ity, to be named “Aurora Sun,” will be the size of 21 foot­ball fields and 50 per cent larger than its “Aurora Sky” oper­a­tion at Ed­mon­ton In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

The first planting in Medicine Hat is ex­pected in the first half of 2019, with com­ple­tion slated for the sec­ond half of the year.

Once in oper­a­tion, Aurora says the new fa­cil­ity will boost its to­tal ca­pac­ity to more than 430,000 kilo­grams per year.

The com­pany cur­rently op­er­ates fa­cil­i­ties in Moun­tain View County, Alta., and in Pointe-Claire on Mon­treal’s West Is­land. It is also com­plet­ing a fa­cil­ity in Lachute, Que.

“We look for­ward to es­tab­lish­ing our­selves both as an im­por­tant lo­cal in­vestor and em­ployer (in Medicine Hat), with more than 450 full time jobs an­tic­i­pated, and a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the lo­cal econ­omy for years to come,” said Aurora CEO Terry Booth.

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