Ontario First Nation to grow medical marijuana
Facility could provide up to 100 jobs for the Wahgoshig First Nation
A tiny northern Ontario First Nation has announced plans to get into the medical marijuana business.
The medical marijuana grown will be a strain developed in the Netherlands, specifically for medical purposes.
"This investment exceeds all of our long-term sustainable economic development criteria. We believe Wahgoshig's investment in DelShen's success will benefit the entire region," stated Babin.
The venture is expected to create 30 jobs during the start-up phase and up to 100 jobs once the facility is fully operational. There will be a training program developed to ensure people from the Wahgoshig First Nation get a crack at those jobs. This has a huge potential impact for a community with a population of 234.
"Bringing a new industry like pharmaceutical grade marijuana to the region gives aboriginal people more opportunities to stay here to work at good, safe jobs," said NDP MP Charlie Angus. Wahgoshig and the proposed facility are located in his riding of Timmins-James Bay.
Wahgoshig is not the first First Nation to consider medical marijuana as an option for economic development. In 2014, the Penticton Indian Band in BC announced that it was also developing a multi-million dollar growing facility. In 2013, the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick was working with an American company to build a medical marijuana research and treatment facility.
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In Friday's press release, DelShen says the northern Ontario project is "awaiting notification on the final step toward receiving its production licence."