Metlakatla Looking at Cannabis Production

A local First Nation is getting money to explore the production of cannabis.

Ten thousand dollars will be given for the Metlakatla Development Corporation to look at the feasibility of producing marijuana.

The money comes from the BC Rural Dividend grants.

Communications Manager Shaun Thomas says while it's early in the study, there is particular information staff will look at. 

"Over the coming months, they'll look into the market for the product, the costs associated with developing a facility, and the potential for partners to help this project come to life. Although it's early, Metlakatla Development Corporation recognizes the there's a tremendous amount of opportunity in the production and distribution licensed cannabis as the federal government moves towards regulating and legislation of the product."

It's unknown when the study will be released.

Elsewhere, Lax Kw'alaams Business Development is getting $10,000 to complete a feasibility plan and conduct a survey of the Lax Kw'alaams Coastal Trail which connects to the Metlakatla Wilderness Trail.

Other projects include:

  • The Cycle 16 Trail Society is being awarded $10,000 to develop detailed engineering drawings for the first phase of the Smithers to Telkwa Multi-Use Trail.
  • The Dease River Development Corporation at Good Hope Lake is being awarded $10,000 to create a business plan for the first year of operations for the Dease River First Nation's Woodland Forest Licence.
  • The District of Houston is being awarded $10,000 to develop a downtown beautification plan based on the district's "natural amazing" brand.
  • The City of Terrace is being awarded $10,000 to complete a feasibility assessment of the Skeena River Walk, the third and final section of the Grand Trunk Pathway that links the downtown area to the Kitsumkalum River.
  • My Recreational Mountain Co-operative in Terrace is being awarded $5,892 to promote safe backcountry adventures at the Shames Mountain Ski Area by installing signs and a beacon check station at a spot where backcountry users leave the inbounds area.
  • The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine (Area E and Area C) is being awarded $10,000 to develop a business case for upgrading the Thornhill Community Centre so it can accommodate more recreational and community programs.