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Cannabis company anticipates Health Canada green-light before the end of 2018

The parking lot at the Vida Cannabis facility in Stellarton has been filled lately as construction work on the interior of the building continues.
The parking lot at the Vida Cannabis facility in Stellarton has been filled lately as construction work on the interior of the building continues. - Brendan Ahern

The company that owns the Vida Cannabis facility on Acadia Ave., Stellarton is anticipating its stamp of approval from Health Canada by the end of 2018.

That’s according to a public report released by Zenabis last October, and it’s good news for a community that has a lot of hope for the operation which has been expected to create up to 200 new jobs to the area.

“They’re not just minimum wage jobs. They’re jobs you can get a mortgage on, and raise a family with,” said Stellarton Mayor Danny MacGillivray in a phone interview. “That’s the type of jobs we need to retain people here in Pictou County.”

The salary for the first job posted on job boards by the company for a section grower, or lead production supervisor is $45,000.

According to Health Canada, Zenabis locations in B.C., and their other Atlantic facility in Atholville, N.B. were both cleared to start production.

Indications from outside the 255,000 sq. ft. facility would appear to confirm that Zenabis’s production plans are going ahead. The parking lot has been seen filled with cars from construction crews who have been renovating the inside of the former Clairtone building.

“What they told me was that they finished the inside of the building,” said MacGillivary of the last contact he’s had with Zenabis. “And the last time I was there, I saw a lot of vehicles outside. It’s a very positive sign.”

“There’s a lot of hope,” says MacGillivary. “Stellarton, Pictou County, and rural Nova Scotia need a good economic injection.”

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