New Brunswick

Bernard Valcourt grilled over medical marijuana facility's delay

Business leaders in the Campbellton area are demanding answers about a proposed medical marijuana facility in Atholville.

Zenabis is looking to create 400 jobs in Campbellton, but the company is waiting for a Health Canada licence

Business leaders in the Campbellton area are demanding answers from Conservative MP Bernard Valcourt about a proposed medical marijuana plant in Atholville.

The Zenabis medical marijuana plant was expected to open in Altholville last fall, creating 400 jobs. (CBC)
Zenabis promised to create 400 jobs and was supposed to be operating last fall, but is still waiting for a licence from Health Canada to operate in a warehouse it bought more than a year ago.

Régis Maltais, the president of the Campbellton Regional Chamber of Commerce, raised the issue with Valcourt during a luncheon in the community on Wednesday.

"In the past 10 years, we lost all our major businesses, the big producers and we need Zenabis for survival," said Maltais.

"I think we underestimate what he can do. To me, I think he can have this file go the next step. He just needs to put more time into it and make it happen."

Valcourt was an early supporter of the Zenabis plant.

He was in Campbellton to announce funding from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency for an interpretation centre on the Restigouche River.

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