Micro-Cannabis Cultivation Shop Hopes to Open in Kimberley This Fall

Rocky Mountain Farms and Aksel Lands Inc. received their development permit from Kimberley City Council this week.

Company Owner Devon Thane says they are looking to expand their operations in Kimberley this year.

They currently grow medical marijuana in the Wycliffe area, and he believes cultivating and producing non-medical cannabis would be a natural progression.

He says it will be a first-of-its-kind for the region.

"There's one other one that's being proposed in Cranbrook, but in Marysville, this will be the first one. I believe it's gonna be the first one in the East Kootenay."

For now, Thane is only looking to grow conventional dry cannabis, although cannabis oils may or may not be coming somewhere down the line.

Their five full-time and five part-time workers would help to supply local retail stores with legal cannabis.

According to the requirements of the development permit, the business will have to include "zero-odour emission systems".

Having just received approval for council Monday night, he says it is still a little early to be getting too excited. 

They are now waiting on Health Canada to give their thumbs up as well before they can start construction on the facility.

"At this point, it's really up to them. We're ready to go as soon as we can start building. We'll be, hopefully, breaking ground as soon as the frost is out of the ground and then moving forward from there."

The micro-cannabis cultivating and processing facility should be open in the fall of 2019.

The plant will be located at 1100 303 Street.

Below: A map of the proposed location of the facility in Marysville. (Credit: City of Kimberley)

Audio: Devon Thane, Owner, Rocky Mountain Farms and Aksel Lands Inc.

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