Officials see opportunity in cannabis legalization
will take advantage of, while others may not.
“Some of us at the Town of Bonavista feel that there’s certainly an opportunity for us and for the region … that’s going to have a positive effect,” Norman told The Packet.
Norman says the town recently approved an application for a dispensary site in the community via a special meeting of council in September. The vote was 4-3 in favour of allowing the cannabis retail location to set up shop in the town.
However, Norman notes, the planned location on Church Street didn’t work out due to challenges with the real estate. He says the business is looking to reapply for a different location.
“The majority of council supported the fact it would bring economic growth to the area; it’s a new business, it’s added tax base and employment,” he said. “In the opinion of some, and it would be my single opinion as mayor — I wouldn’t be able to say if it’s the opinion of council or not — legalization creates better opportunity to actually control (cannabis) and educate the public on its use as well.”
He adds that while he expects there will be challenges with the transition, the change probably won’t be a major one.
While some towns in the region like Bonavista and Clarenville will have retail outlets for the purchase of cannabis in their communities, the growing of cannabis may bring a bigger economic boost to the Town of Trinity Bay North.
A company called “Cheeba Bros.” aims to set up a full-scale grow operation in Port Union, using a building that was once a fish plant.
The licence for that growop has not yet been approved by Health Canada. And no one from the company was available to speak with The Packet for an update.
However, in interviews earlier this year, businessman Daniel Porter has said he hopes to employ upwards of 70-80 people at the plant, as well as hinting at lofty promises concerning wages and work availability.
Work to renovate the former fish plant is currently ongoing.