Lo­cal cannabis com­pany an­tic­i­pates Health Canada’s green light by year’s end

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY - BY BREN­DAN AH­ERN

There are high hopes that a cannabis pro­duc­tion firm will bol­ster Stel­lar­ton’s lo­cal economy.

The com­pany that owns the Vida Cannabis fa­cil­ity on Aca­dia Av­enue, is an­tic­i­pat­ing ap­proval for op­er­a­tion from Health Canada by the end of 2018.

That’s ac­cord­ing to a pub­lic re­port re­leased by par­ent com­pany Zen­abis in Oc­to­ber.

It’s good news for an op­ti­mistic com­mu­nity, con­sid­er­ing it’s ex­pected to cre­ate up to 200 new jobs for the area.

“They’re not just min­i­mum wage jobs,” said Stel­lar­ton Mayor Danny MacGil­livray in a phone in­ter­view. “They’re jobs you can get a mort­gage on and raise a fam­ily with. That’s the type of jobs we need to re­tain peo­ple here in Pic­tou County.”

Salary for the com­pany’s first posted job call­ing for a sec­tion grower or lead pro­duc­tion su­per­vi­sor is $45,000.

Ac­cord­ing to Health Canada, Zen­abis lo­ca­tions in B.C., and their an­other At­lantic fa­cil­ity in Atholville, N.B., were both cleared to start pro­duc­tion.

Indi­ca­tions from out­side the 255,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity would ap­pear to con­firm Zen­abis’s pro­duc­tion plans are go­ing ahead. The park­ing lot has been seen filled with cars from con­struc­tion crews who have been ren­o­vat­ing the in­side of the for­mer Clair­tone build­ing.

“What they told me was that they fin­ished the in­side of the build­ing,” said MacGil­li­vary of the last con­tact he’s had with Zen­abis. “And the last time I was there, I saw a lot of ve­hi­cles out­side. It’s a very pos­i­tive sign.”

“There’s a lot of hope,” says MacGil­li­vary. “Stel­lar­ton, Pic­tou County, and ru­ral Nova Scotia need a good eco­nomic in­jec­tion.”

Zen­abis did re­spond to re­quests from The News for an in­ter­view.

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