The small North Okanagan village of Lumby, B.C., could soon be a hub for small-scale cannabis businesses.
After exiting creditor protection last year, local marijuana company True Leaf is planning to subdivide its 40-acre Lumby property and create a cannabis business park.
True Leaf is specifically hoping to attract micro-cultivators to the area.
It’s welcome news for the Village of Lumby which wants to see more businesses in its industrial area.
“We’ve always been hopeful that it would subdivide.”
The village is hoping the new business park will help diversify the tax base.
“Just having diversity makes a huge difference for a small community like this. For years everything was based on logging and whenever there was an up or a down in the market of logging it made a huge difference to our tax base,” Acton said.
“Now with diversification thankfully if one company like True Leaf has a little bit of a stumble, we can weather the storm.”
True Leaf’s move to subdivide its Shuswap Ave. property comes after the company recently got back on to more stable financial footing.
As part of the restructuring, True Leaf is expected to address back taxes owed to the Village of Lumby.
Now, True Leaf has started growing marijuana at its Lumby facility, with the first harvest expected in June.
Despite the challenges True Leaf has encountered, the interim CEO feels demand exists for the kind of craft cannabis hub his business is proposing.
“There is a large glut of sort of mid- to low-quality product on the market that is just sitting there and not selling. But we’ve seen some recent figures where about 61 per cent of the current market is all on the higher range product, premium flower, and that’s really where True Leaf is targeting,” Bomford said.
True Leaf says marketing for the first three lots of the business park will start this summer.