Willy Wonka on weed? An old Hershey’s production facility in Smiths Falls, Ontario is set to be converted into a medical marijuana facility, pending approval by Health Canada.
Town mayor Dennis Staples revealed this information to the Ottawa Citizen September 25 about a medical marijuana production company by the name of Tweed Inc. planning to overhaul the old chocolate factory for its medical manufacturing operations. Tweed VP for community engagement and general counsel Mark Zekulin expressed his company’s enthusiasm in pursuing this project. “We’re excited to reinvigorate the former Hershey facility,” said Zekulin.
This particular Hershey’s factory closed shop in 2008, resulting to the loss of work of more than 1,500 people. For a town with a population below 9,000, this was hard-hitting news. The installation of a medical marijuana facility seems to provide hope for the small town of Smiths Falls. “It’s going to create jobs that we sorely need, and we hope that the remaining space continues to attract other tenants,” said Mayor Staples. Meanwhile, Zekulin added that once the approval is reached, “we’ll bring many jobs and hope to fill the rest of the space with other businesses that will in turn bring more potential employment to the community.”
Tweed has already purchased the dilapidated Hershey’s building, and already arranged the restructuring and revamping of the facility for its intended purpose.
This conversion is similar to a medical marijuana dispensary in South Carolina, which was once a KFC store.