Medicine Hat will house Aurora’s new cannabis operation

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The medical marijuana firm Aurora Cannabis is building a major facility at the Edmonton International Airport and is making Alberta's capital its international headquarters. Tom Vernon reports – Feb 5, 2018

Aurora Cannabis Inc. says it is acquiring about 29 hectares of land in Medicine Hat, Alta., to build a new high-tech cannabis facility.

The company says a memorandum of understanding with the city includes a prospective 10-year, 42-megawatt energy supply agreement.

LISTEN: Cam Battley, with Aurora Cannabis, has all the details on this new facility

Aurora says the new facility, to be named “Aurora Sun,” will be the size of 21 football fields and 50 per cent larger than its “Aurora Sky” operation at Edmonton International Airport.

READ MORE: Aurora Cannabis calling Edmonton home with its world HQ 

The first planting in Medicine Hat is expected in the first half of 2019, with completion slated for the second half of the year.

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Once in operation, Aurora says the new facility will boost its total capacity to more than 430,000 kilograms per year.

READ MORE: Southern Alberta marijuana business growth exploding ahead of legalization

The company currently operates facilities in Mountain View County, Alta., and in Pointe-Claire on Montreal’s West Island. It is also completing a facility in Lachute, Que.

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