Cannabis could be grown legally near Josephburg.
The Canadian Rockies Agriculture Inc. (CRAI) recently won their appeal against locals to start a 74-acre medical cannabis production site.
"They argued our facility was uncharacteristic of the area and then appealed it on concerns surrounding that," said Aaron Barr, chief executive officer of CRAI.
Neighbours felt the new farm would cause issues with traffic, noise, dust, lighting and security.
"We brought in experts, consultants, engineers, lawyers and planners and backed it by actual evidence and data from these professionals," added Barr.
The proposed development was approved under cannabis production for growing medical cannabis and intensive horticulture for outdoor crops, companion gardens and industrial hemp.
Some restrictions were put on the production site including keeping HVAC equipment under 53 decibels, having lighting that is 3,000 Kelvin or less in temperature, downsizing their largest facility by over half to 36,000 square feet and only using one exterior light post.
"We're not moving in to build this business to be a nuisance to people, we're here to better people's lives through organic, plant-based medicine and look forward to producing the absolute cleanest and best plants on our sustainable farm."
Barr predicts the site will employ roughly 20-30 full-time staff with another 20-30 seasonal.


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