McMullan doesn't rule out hosting legal grow op for the feds
The mayor of St Catharines doesn't see any reason why Niagara couldn't play host to a large, legal, indoor marijuana grow operation.
Brian McMullan says agriculture is one of our major industries and we have the skilled workers and infrastructure already in place.
As of Monday, small producers will no longer be allowed to grow pot for licensed patients, and instead the pot will be grown indoors in large scale farms.
McMullan believes Niagara is as good a place as any to have a massive pot farm.
"Agriculture is one of our major industry skills in St. Catharines and in the Niagara Region," he says, "We have both the skilled workers and the infrastructure in place."
He doesn't anticipate much of a backlash from the communty should the Region manage to lure a company to Niagara to grow legal weed, since it's going to be a heavily regulated industry.
"You host a public meeting, you make sure you meet your neighbours. You explain the legislation, you explain how its legal and that there will be no criminal activity."
In Smith Falls, Ontario, near Ottawa, the town says the old Hershey plant, vacant since 2008, is in the process of being sold to a company that is looking to convert it in to a legal grow op. Should it happen, it could result in upwards of 100 full time jobs.
To date, 150 companies have already applied for a license to grow medical marijuana for the government.