With an established strength in primary production, the Edmonton Metropolitan Region is diversifying its crop yield and focusing on the new international demand for cannabis and hemp products. We are sowing the seeds of opportunity with forward-thinking laws, ample farmland, and dedicated research and development. Cannabis and hemp have huge potential given widespread demand and the range of possible byproducts.
New cannabis laws allow the industry to harvest cannabis for cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) extraction and other medicinal and recreational uses. The region is now home to 4 licensed producers.
Alberta is the 2nd largest producer of hemp in North America. In 2017, there were 45,000 acres of hemp grown in the province, benefiting from the region’s advantageous growing conditions.
Hemp can be used for textiles, fuel, personal care, pharmaceuticals, and food and beverage. It is not only a profitable, exportable commodity – it can also serve as an input for other sectors within the regional economy, bringing prosperity in more ways than one.
Aurora Cannabis is a medical cannabis company based in the region. Aurora Sky, the company’s 800,000-square-foot high-tech greenhouse, is the largest cannabis production facility in the world. The facility is strategically located next to the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) for easy international transportation. Aurora also takes advantage of prime office space in downtown Edmonton.