Inside dope on plans for Edmonton's first medical marijuana grow-op

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A new kind of green economy could soon take root in Edmonton, if the city's first medical marijuana grow-op gets final approval.

A company called Alberta Green Biotech is behind the project, planned for a northwest industrial park.

The company is still waiting for a development permit, and said once that gets approved they plan to spend $4 million to $6 million to build a 125,000-square-foot facility.

From the outside it would look like any other warehouse. But inside, there will be 12 rooms called grow-pods: each big enough to generate $1.8 to million to $2 million worth of marijuana a year.

The company picked Edmonton because there is no medical marijuana facility in Alberta.

"There is a market. It's growing," said Gary Symons, director of communications for Alberta Green Biotech. "Health Canada expects it's going to be about $1.3 billion a year on the medical side."

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