Farmland in B.C. Becomes Canada’s Largest Licensed Cannabis Facility

Dina Al-Shibeeb
The cannabis plants are only five or six days old. They are expected to be harvested in about 2½ months. (Image via CBC)

A large portion of farmland in the western province of British Columbia no longer produces bell-peppers. Instead, it started growing cannabis. This makes it the biggest licensed cannabis facility in Canada. 

Canopy Growth, Canada’s largest marijuana producer, is behind converting the farmland in Langley, a municipality about 47 km from Vancouver city.

The farmland has been transformed into a cannabis operation that will span 275,000 square meters, once construction is complete. CBC News said, “that’s equivalent to nearly 176 NHL-sized hockey rinks.”

“I think everyone viewed the receipt of the license as ‘we’ve made it to the starting line and we’ve got to get growing,’” said Andrew MacCorquodale, general manager of the company’s western operations.

He added: “It’s a bit of a relief that we can get this in the ground.”

Canopy Growth, which already owns a dozen of other facilities across the country, is an Ontario-based company but the reputation of B.C. as a cannabis hub made it an attractive option.

“B.C. has always been known to create great cannabis, globally.” 

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“It was very important for us to ensure that not only did we have a large footprint … but we also brought in some of that cultivation expertise that exists in B.C. that has made it so popular among consumers.”

The news is great for farmers, who are facing shrinking profits.

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