The West Kootenay’s cannabis industry quietly reached an important milestone last month. Antidote Processors Inc., a grower-owned processing facility at Playmor Junction, delivered its first shipment of locally grown and processed cannabis to its first local retail outlet customer on May 16.
“It’s a big day, for us, for our legacy growers, and for our industry,” says Shannon Ross, chief executive officer of Antidote Processing. “It’s the realization of a lot of people’s dreams.”
The delivery to a Castlegar retail store of two dozen 3.5-gram packages of ‘Jellysickle,’ grown by Kootenay’s Finest Craft Cannabis, is the result of years of hard work by legacy growers, entrepreneurs, and investors in the region’s once-illegal prime export industry.
The delivery completes the circle of legal production locally, with licensed West Kootenay growers delivering their bud to Antidote’s processing facility at Playmor Junction, where it is processed to government standards for legal sale.
On the day of Antidote’s first retail delivery, the company saw another first – the first shipment to the processing plant from Kootenay Quantum, a Winlaw-based grower.
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