North Battleford is coming closer to having its own medicinal marijuana production plant, to be called Curativa Cannabis.com.
Envirosafe Chemicals Canada Inc. president/CEO James Davey plans to quadruple the size of his existing building in the city's industrial park where he operates his current business, to provide space to build the marijuana facility where staff will grow, process, package and ship the product to distributors.
First he needs to complete a couple of steps to meet government requirements.
"It's all systems go," Davey said. "We've got our number from Ottawa. We don't have our [production] licence yet but we are still working in that direction."
He said so far organizers have completed the design work but can't move ahead with the construction until after the project receives final approval from Health Canada.
"Once we get that we'll start construction," Davey said. "I suspect in January we should know where we're at by then."
He said after the government legalizes marijuana, expected in July 2018, the company will produce marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes.
"I’m hoping to have all the work done by the time they open the doors for legal marijuana,” Davey said.
"They have to have people to grow it," he added. "The demand is going to be so high. They don’t have enough producers to produce the cannabis, so they are going to be scrambling pretty quick."
Davey is currently working with a number of investors to develop the N.B. building for the medicinal marijuana project.
"All the survey work has been done,” he said. “We’re working on the floor plans, and building plans.
He expects to hire roughly 35 people for the operation.
"We'll need specialized growers. They will also be trained if they are not. They have to have a security clearance in order to work onsite,” Davey added.
The location will process cannabis oil along with dried and fresh marijuana.
Davey plans to ship the product to distributors in the Battlefords area, throughout Saskatchewan, as well as through all of NWT “and beyond,” adding there is currently no one to serve the North area yet so his operation will fill a gap.
The businessman expects to have online sales as well.
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