Plans for legal marijuana good for town, says Smiths Falls mayor

Posted on: April 19, 2017

Chris Must 

The tabling on April 13 of federal legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational use is good news for Smiths Falls, Mayor Shawn Pankow told fellow council members at a regular meeting April 18.

“Tweed, of course, is a big part of our community,” said Pankow. “It’s news that they’ve obviously been looking forward to and welcome.” Tweed Inc. is the world’s largest indoor marijuana growing facility. 

The mayor said increasing demand for the locally-grown product could eventually see Tweed occupy the entire factory complex left vacant by the closure of the Hershey plant in 2009. This will mean more jobs and increased tax assessment for the town, he said.

“They can’t keep up with the demand for their product, and they are building rapidly,” said Pankow.