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October 16, 2018

Cannabis is the new Kale? Ontario Veggie Growers are Turning a New Shade of “Green”

Ahead of the federal government’s anticipated legalization of recreational cannabis on October 17, 2018, some Canadian vegetable growers are turning to cannabis for relief from years of thinning profit margins.  In addition to the higher revenue potential of cannabis compared to traditional crops, in some cases cannabis production requires less labour and moisture than traditional crops.  Also consider recent reports that suggest current Canadian production levels of cannabis could fall short of demand.

As a result, many growers and greenhouse operators see cannabis as a way to cope with the long-standing challenges of vegetable production, including foreign competition and high costs.  Can we expect to see a shift from the production of green vegetables to green buds?

Before rushing to meet the demand for cannabis, growers in Ontario or owners of commercial space planning to lease to a cannabis production tenant should be aware of the environmental laws and regulations applicable to cannabis operations.

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