Nanaimo’s Mayor Says Marijuana Industry A Boon To Town’s Economy

CANADA:  The mayor of Nanaimo says his city is rolling in the dough from a new medical marijuana facility opened by Tilray a year ago.

“They are providing jobs out there that are good paying, they’re family incomes. They have hired 95 per cent of their work force [from] local, long-time people,” says Bill McKay.

“It’s just a whole new industry, and there are a lot more of those industries coming, at least we hope so, to Nanaimo.”

McKay says the city has just approved an expansion of the plant, which will let Tilray grow from 50,000 to 250,000 square feet. Currently 115 people are employed at the plant, and Tilray has plans to hire 275 more.

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