N.B. medical marijuana facility receives production license

A proposed medical marijuana facility in northern New Brunswick has been given a production license by Health Canada.

Zenabis has been waiting for approval since buying the former Atlantic Yarns building in Atholville in 2014.

According to Health Canada's website, the company received a license to cultivate medical marijuana on Friday.

The New Brunswick announced last August that it would give Zenabis a $4-million loan to help build the plant — money that would have to be paid back whether or not the company received federal approval.

At the time, the province said the facility is expected to create more than 200 jobs, with that number expanding significantly if the federal government legalized recreational marijuana.

Zenabis — operated by parent company International Herbs Medical Marijuana Ltd. — previously received a cultivation license for its facility in Delta, B.C.

It is the second company to receive approval from Health Canada to operate a facility in New Brunswick.

OrganiGram Inc. has approval to produce and sell marijuana and cannabis oil at its Moncton facility.