Ready, Set, Grow
It's been in the works for 5 years, but the ground breaking ceremony will be held Friday in Lumby for cannabis grower, True Leaf.
CEO, Darcy Bomford says this will kick-off phase one of construction, but work has already begun to dismantle a building on the Shuswap Avenue property. He says the ground-breaking ceremony and community appreciation event will be from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Bomford, is excited to have former B.C. premier Mike Harcourt as Chair. Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton will be also deliver remarks and participate in the ceremonial first dig. This will kick-off phase one construction on a 16,000 square foot hydroponic grow building and a 9,000 square foot building housing laboratory services, extraction, and post-production processing. Construction is expected to be completed in summer 2018, with a first crop produced in the fall.
Bomford says there will be 20 full-time and another 20 part-time jobs in phase one. And he says Lumby residents have nothing to worry, "you can't receive a medicinal cannabis license without committing a huge budget for security, so there will be fences, full time security, 24-7 surveillance, a vault, security checks for all the staff, so I don't think Lumby has to worry."
He's expecting to produce 20 to 25-million dollars of medicinal cannabis annually.