Nova Scotia company seeking approval for medical marijuana production

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Evan Price -  president of FiddleHop Farms in Glenholme, Colchester County - is applying to Health Canada next week for a license to grow medical marijuana.

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A young entrepreneur with a green thumb is taking another step in the business world – he’s applying for a medical marijuana producer’s licence.

“It’s really the same way that I got into growing fiddleheads,” said Colchester County’s Evan Price, president of 3277991 Nova Scotia Ltd., about applying for the licence next week. “I’ve got friends that are growing their own medical marijuana and friends that got prescribed marijuana." 

With the federal government announcing changes to the Marijuana for Medicinal Purposes Regulations, those growing their own medicinal marijuana and those purchasing from them won’t be able to continue doing so.

“If there aren’t local companies growing medicinal marijuana, patients will have to either go without or bid for the same thing,” said Price, 30, who also owns and operates FiddleHop Farms in Glenholme, growing fiddleheads and hops.

If approval is given to the new venture, Price hopes to become the province’s largest producer of medicinal marijuana.

“Licences allow production of between 3,000 and 15,000 kilograms of marijuana, so we’re looking at producing between 6,000 and 15,000 kilograms a year if we are approved,” he said.

Price said the proposed facility would be close to 20,000 square feet – the main space would be about 15,000 square feet with an additional 3,000 to 4,000 on a second storey.

“We’d be looking at establishing the facility in Truro, which would be an M1 or M2 zone location, or the industrial park. We’d be looking at $1.5 to $2.5 million spent in the first year of production,” he said.

The facility would have state-of-the-art growing technology and security systems, and employ 35-50 people.

The new venture would also drive local research, he says, and development opportunities with the inclusion of a research lab within the facility. The venture would seek to partner with both St. Francis Xavier and Dalhousie universities, offering the latest in chemical analysis to ensure product quality while driving new health care product development.

“Our lab will provide opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to obtain practical industry research experience,” Price said, in a press release about the venture. “We plan to work with medical patients and practitioners across Atlantic Canada to enhance quality treatment options for the members of our community.”

Price said it’s important, when the laws change on April 1, to make sure medicinal marijuana users can access the best possible product.

“So we want to grow it right here in Nova Scotia,” he said.

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Colchester County, Glenholme Truro Dalhousie Atlantic Canada

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  • kenneth robar
    March 27, 2014 - 21:46

    i am all for it has long has it is with in the law and not being given to kids who do not need it or all over the streets we have alot of this going on in the valley that people are getting it and then it is given to kids that is not right if you are sick then yes let them but do not let it be like the old hospital in middleton when you walk in the hall that is all you can smell i do hope the police will do there job and make shore it do not make the streets we do not need it and for the love of god keep it out of the kids hands please alot of people have been hurt over things like this if you look at the old hospital alot had gone dow there and my thanks go out to the rcmp for all they did on that but it is still not up to par right now it needs to try to work out the money that i have put in for they seem to do what they want but when you are sick you do not need the smell of drugs in the halls at the old hospital in middleton i go back to the board tomorrow to make another move to get the money from the landlord i am going all the way with this

  • kenneth robar
    March 27, 2014 - 21:40

    i am all for it has long has it is with in the law and not being given to kids who do not need it or all over the streets we have alot of this going on in the valley that people are getting it and then it is given to kids that is not right if you are sick then yes let them but do not let it be like the old hospital in middleton when you walk in the hall that is all you can smell i do hope the police will do there job and make shore it do not make the streets we do not need it and for the love of god keep it out of the kids hands please alot of people have been hurt over things like this if you look at the old hospital alot had gone dow there and my thanks go out to the rcmp for all they did on that but it is still not up to par right now it needs to try to work out the money that i have put in for they seem to do what they want but when you are sick you do not need the smell of drugs in the halls at the old hospital in middleton i go back to the board tomorrow to make another move to get the money from the landlord i am going all the way with this