CAN (AB): Edmonton flies high as MMJ market grows

Cargo traffic at Edmonton International Airport (EIA) is reaching new highs with a mind-altering cargo: cannabis is providing the airport with a potent boost in volume.

Canada’s legalisation of cannabis for personal recreational use in October added a new commodity to the mix of air cargo, and Edmonton is in the thick of it.

Aurora Cannabis, one of the biggest operators in the production and distribution of cannabis products, established an 800,000 sq ft production facility right on the airport, with most of its output leaving by aircraft. The building can turn out over 100,000 kg a year, which makes it the world’s largest cannabis production facility.

Things have not gone exactly to the company’s original plans, though. Rather than supplying recreational users in Canada, it is sending most of its output overseas, responding to rapidly growing demand for medical-grade cannabis.


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