Aurora Cannabis closes 207-acre outdoor grow facility in Westwold | Radio NL

Aurora Valley, located in Westwold, BC (CNW Group/Aurora Cannabis Inc.)

Aurora Cannabis is closing a 207-acre outdoor cannabis cultivation site in Westwold.

The Edmonton-based company says it no longer needs the Aurora Valley property between Kamloops and Vernon, as it recently acquired Thrive Cannabis, an Ontario-based company that has indoor and outdoor cultivation facilities.

A spokeswoman for Aurora Cannabis said Westwold’s less than 10 employees were notified of the closure before spring planting began, noting that they had been offered jobs at other company locations. .

In 2019, when Aurora got the license to start growing cannabis in Westwold, managing director Cam Battley told NL News it was one of the biggest, if not the biggest, licensed area in grow cannabis in the world.

“We think it’s only fitting that British Columbia takes a leadership role as cannabis grows in Canada, not only on the medical side, but also on the consumer side,” he said. he declares.

“Because British Columbia has long been known around the world for its cannabis and we believe that under the new regime that continues to expand across Canada and around the world, British Columbia should continue to play a leading role plan.”

Aurora spokeswoman Kate Hillyar told The Canadian Press in an email that Aurora Valley is primarily an exploratory outdoor grow operation, while Thrive’s outdoor location has been marketing produce for years.

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