Pot so hot in Canada that firms are im­port­ing work­ers

StarMetro Vancouver - - BIG OPINIONS - Kris­tine OWRAMBLOOMBERG

It was mid-sum­mer, less than three months be­fore Canada le­gal­ized recre­ational mar­i­juana, and Vic Neufeld had a prob­lem.

The chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Aphria Inc. had just hired 50 peo­ple to work in the pot pro­ducer’s green­house in Leamington, Ont., and by the end of the first week all but eight had quit.

“Those are re­ally hot, hu­mid months and work­ing in a green­house, as much cool­ing and air­flow as we can pro­vide, Jobs at Cana­dian cannabis grow­ers and re­tail­ers have spiked af­ter le­gal­iza­tion.

is still pretty darn hot in July and Au­gust,” Neufeld said.

A lack of qual­i­fied lo­cal labour forced Aphria to dis­pose of al­most 14,000 cannabis plants in the quar­ter ended Aug. 31 af­ter they weren’t har­vested in time, cost­ing it nearly $1 mil­lion. Since then, the

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