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Nanaimo-based medical marijuana company first to cultivate product outside Canada

Medical marijuana producer Tilray will begin construction of a greenhouse and processing facility in Portugal next month — becoming the first Canadian company to cultivate outside of the country. 

The Portuguese government granted the licence to Tilray who will invest $30 million Cdn to build their European Union headquarters. Tilray plans to distribute pot and pot-derived medical products to patients, pharmacies and researchers — not only in Portugal but throughout Europe.

"It's more environmentally-friendly and cost-effective to supply European patients from Portugal than from northern climates," said Tilray CEO Brendan Kennedy

"Portugal has the ideal climate to cultivate cannabis, a highly-skilled health care workforce and a vibrant research community."

Tilroy was established in Nanaimo, B.C., three years ago and has grown at a dizzying rate. It started with six employees and now employs over 200 people in seven countries.

Tilray's facility in Portugal. The company will begin construction of a new green house and processing...

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