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Owner of Yorkton marijuana production centre opens up about new facility
A concept drawing of the future home of Tweed Grasslands in Yorkton, Sask. (SUPPLIED)
Published Thursday, May 4, 2017 3:50PM CST
Canopy Growth Corporation is speaking out about their plans after announcing their takeover an old dairy producers building in Yorkton, Saskatchewan earlier this week.
CGC recently completed the purchase of rTrees Producers Limited Inc., including the company’s late-stage application in Health Canada's access to cannabis for medical purposes regulations. If licenced, the facility is expected to operate as Tweed Grasslands, joining a network of producers owned and operated by Canopy Growth.
“We knew we wanted to grow this in Saskatchewan, which is what we felt is the epicentre of Canadian agriculture. Yorkton was a good fit because of the building. This former dairy producers creamery existed, it was not utilized at the time. Just given its structure, it was everything that we required for a legal medicinal grow-op,” said Andrew MacCorquodale, Canopy Growth Corporation’s Head of Operations for Western Canada.
The company is currently looking for employees and job postings are alreadyy available online. Keeping local people employed is something that new owners of the facility are hoping for.
“It’s priority number one. We definitely have a local first hiring priority. We’re making a lot of effort right now to let it be known that we are looking for talented people to join the team, so that we can execute on not only the operation but the expansion of this operation. We will certainly be looking within Yorkton and the surrounding areas very closely,” MacCorquodale said. “We’ve seen that in the applications already. Certainly, a very strong agriculture foundation in Saskatchewan, a lot of expertise as it relates to farming in general, and this is no different it’s just a different crop, and we’re doing it indoors.”
Several 24-hour growing rooms are ready to be put to use, with state of the art security throughout the building. The company plans to produce medical marijuana, and eventually recreational weed. The 90 thousand square foot facility has the ability to expand operations to over 300,000 square feet.