Gaspé First Nations community hoping medical marijuana facility will bring jobs

 

Prospects looking up for proposed plant in nearby Atholville, N.B.

July 20th, 2016

The company says the medical marijuana facility that it hopes to establish in Atholville, N.B., will be one of the biggest in Canada. (CBC)

A First Nations band in Gaspé is hoping a proposed medical marijuana production plant in nearby Atholville, N.B., will translate into jobs for its members.

The Listuguj band council held an information session Tuesday evening on its potential partnership with the company behind the project, Zenabis.

Zenabis purchased the old Atlantic Yarns facility in Atholville in 2014 and has been trying to get the business off the ground ever since.

Zenabis has promised to create 400 jobs in the Campbellton area. (CBC)

But Health Canada has delayed approving the medical marijuana production licence, which has thrown the project into doubt, along with the 400 jobs its first phase is expected to create.

Those concerns deepened last November when Zenabis put its Atholville property up for sale.

Hopes about the project’s future, however, have since been been renewed.

In February, the company posted a message on its Facebook page saying it was “closer than ever to realizing our goal of operating one of the biggest medical marijuana production facilities in Canada.”

The same message said the company believes “2016 is going to be a wonderful and exciting year for Zenabis.”

The company’s website is currently listing a number of job openings.

Atholville is around a 10-minute drive from the Listuguj Mi’gmaq reserve in Quebec’s Gaspé region.

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