A new company wants to set up two medical marijuana growing facilities in Nanaimo.
Wildflower Marijuana Inc has applied to Health Canada for one license, and will soon be submitting another. They have two properties totaling almost 65 hectares, in the Yellowpoint area and the Nanoose area.
Wildflower President William MacLean says growing medicinal cannabis in Nanaimo would help the company achieve their mandate.
MacLean says using environmentally friendly technology, potentially including rainwater recycling and geoexchange systems, to grow cannabis would be better for the planet and for the bottom line in the long run.
McLean says they believe the demand for medical marijuana currently outweighs the supply, but they’re also looking for opportunities to export to international markets.
He says they have no idea how long it will take Health Canada to consider their applications. So far there are only 13 licensed producers in Canada under the new MMPR (Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations).
Along with Tilray in Nanaimo, the region already has several approved and proposed medical marijuana companies, including Thunderbird Biomedical near Duncan, Medma, Cannabis Ventures and Seashore Organic in Sechelt and Suncoast Medicann in Port Mellon. So far only Thunderbird and Tilray have Health Canada approval.