Alberta's commercial cannabis operation harvests first crop

Tiny sprouts in a sterile, virtually scent-free room will someday become 18-inch medical marijuana plants, packed into an almost unbearably bright “flowering bay.”

Aurora Cannabis, Alberta’s first commercial marijuana production facility, has just finished its first harvest at its facility near Cremona.

“It was a good crop. We have seven different strains. The buds look good,” said C.E.O Terry Booth.

Tiny marijuana seedlings sit in pots at Alberta's first official medicinal grow operation in Cremona.

The federal government is no longer allowing patients to grow their own supply. The only legal way to access medical cannabis is to get it by courier, from licensed commercial operators.

Health Canada didn’t ask Aurora’s Mountain View County neighbours if they wanted a marijuana facility down the road, though. Many are downright angry they were not consulted, citing concerns like security.

Safety and security are issues Aurora says it takes very seriously, with dozens...

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