It’s the final ‘puff’ when it comes to a proposed cannabis facility near Josephburg.
Canadian Rockies Agricultural attended their third and final hearing with the Strathcona County subdivision and appeal board on Monday (May 14).
There were ten opposing households in attendance and the hearing lasted roughly 11 hours.
“I felt like it was a correct process,” said company CEO Aaron Barr. “The neighbours were given the opportunity to voice all their opinions and concerns and we were able to say what we thought, rebuttal all those concerns with experts, data, engineering and design.”
With family living on the 74 acre farm near Josephburg, they want to establish a medical cannabis and companion gardening facility. Barr feels like neighbours have cast a black cloud over their farm, family and development.
Barr described the situation as very tough. They have worked with county departments to get approval and have worked on development for six months.
“This is a brand new industry, not only in this county but across Canada and this is such an unbelievable opportunity for Canadians and Albertans and people in Strathcona County to get on board on this new industry,” he noted.
If the final decision does not go their way, the company will likely turn the current farm into a hemp farm and move the medical facility to another county.
Their original plan was appealed in April and the company scaled back its project.
A final decision will be made by June 7.