OTTAWA – The scent of chocolate no longer lingers at the Hershey’s factory in Smiths Falls, Ont., but a new odour could soon waft from the aging plant.
An Ottawa-based company -- Tweed Inc. -- may soon transform part of the 470,000 sq. ft. plant into a medical marijuana grow op, producing pot for thousands of Canadians who smoke weed for chronic pain and other ailments.
“This is great news for the people of Smiths Falls,” the Mayor Dennis Staples said from his office Wednesday.
Tweed Inc. has put forward an application to Health Canada to build a hydroponics facility in 80,000 sq. ft. of the plant, which has lain dormant since it closed in mid-2008.
The company aims to open by April 2014 and initially hire 20 local workers, adding another 80 employees when they’re fully operational.
Staples said it’s a ray of light for the small community of 9,000 residents.