Former Shelburne Boys School eyed for medical marijuana site

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The former Shelburne Youth Centre (Boys School) is the home of many deteriorating residential and office buildings like this one. The site is being eyed by a Halifax company for a medical marijuana growing facility.

By Greg Bennett

A Halifax-based company is eyeing the former Shelburne Boys School property for a proposed medical marijuana growing facility.

Shelburne Town Council received a letter from and has offered its blessing to the company, AtlantiCann Medical, in its effort to develop a medical marijuana growing and distribution opeartion, if federal government approvals are given and other regulations are met.

In a letter to the Town read at a Wednesday, Dec. 4 meeting, company representative Christine Halef said it would ensure all codes were met and that “state of the art” security systems would be in place at its planned facility.

The company noted that it would be sending similar letters to notify the Shelburne RCMP and the Shelburne fire department about its intentions.

The company intends on applying to Health Canada to become a licensed medical marijuana producer within weeks.

The Town Council sent out letters to another medical marijuana provider last month, one of the first to have received its license under the new Marihuana for Medical Purpose Regulations (MMPR).

The town sent off climate study results along with an invitation to visit the area to Canadian medical marijuana provider CanniMed Ltd., a company based in Saskatchewan, in an effort to encourage the company to look at Shelburne County for future operations.

The publicity resulting from that motion generated interest from other companies said Shelburne CAO Dylan Heide.

The South West Nova Scotia climate data study did not specifically mention marijuana although it did single out peaches, high bush blueberries and grapes as potential cash crops.

The results the climate data study were based on data from 42 weather stations and drew on information from weather stations already established on this end of the province. The stations recorded temperature, frost periods, wind, rainfall and other data useful for agriculture. 

The study also revealed that there were 20 more frost-free days in the southwest region than other areas of the province where grapes are being produced. 

Councillor Roy O’Donnell says it is the Town’s responsibility to inform the agriculture industry, including the commercial medical cannabis industry, of the excellent growing temperatures and conditions in the region.

CanniMed Ltd., is not the only medical marijuana provider in Canada, but it is the first producer to have received a license under the new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR).

In the package to CanniMed, O’Donnell said he would like a letter of introduction, photos of the former Boys School property and other available commercial properties in the area attached and well as a copy of the climate study and brochures describing the history of the town.

Yarmouth Town Council had also recently sent a letter to the company inviting representatives to the area.

The former boys school property contains many empty and deteriorating buildings and most recently was the site of an unsuccessful recycling depot.

Organizations: Shelburne Boys School, Shelburne Town Council, CanniMed Health Canada Yarmouth Town Council

Geographic location: Shelburne County, Saskatchewan, Canada

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  • Bruce e Hatfield
    December 09, 2013 - 13:05

    I think this would be a very good thing for the property,i took a drive around there last week and thought what a waste.....