CANADA: It was the visit Dennis Staples had been waiting for. At the heart of Smiths Falls, Ont., sat a factory once used to make Hershey’s chocolate, but vacant since 2008. The town, and the factory, needed new life.
Hope arrived in July with a visit to Mr. Staples, the mayor, by a group of investors hoping to push into an emerging commercial industry in Canada. Instead of chocolate, they wanted to produce medical marijuana.
“This is not about politics. I think this is about medical marijuana and serving a very strong and real medical need in approaching that market,” he said.