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West Grey Medical Marijuana Plant

West Grey | by Matt Hermiz  

250,000 square-foot facility would create about 125 jobs

A medical marijuana manufacturing facility could be coming to West Grey.

Mayor Kevin Eccles says the municipality has entered into a memorandum of understanding with CanAssist Group Inc., a medical marijuana producer, to explore bringing a 250,000 square-foot facility to West Grey.

"They've picked us because of our strategic location and now we've got to start the work to find out if it is possible to have it here," says Eccles.

Eccles says the municipality would try to secure land for the facility in exchange for royalties from CanAssist. The company will be responsible for building and operating the facility.

The West Grey Mayor says the greenhouse would create about 125 jobs.

"Very good boost to the local economy, good jobs and it's on the medical side," Eccles explains. "It's a very professionally run operation."

Eccles says CanAssist has chosen to look at West Grey as one of five medical marijuana production facilities it plans to build in Ontario.

CanAssist does not have any plants in production yet, but does have a facility under construction in Kapuskasing, Ont., which is already fully-licensed.

Eccles says there have been no discussions yet as to where the facility might be located in West Grey.

"That's where were starting to head in the next month, to discover potential locations and the fit," Eccles explains. "(Whether or not) we have the power source they're going to need and the water supply."

A series of public meetings will be planned to gather input on the project.

Eccles expects it will take about three months before the municipality learns if CanAssist will move ahead with the construction of a plant.

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