A small town in Ontario wants to become the cannabis tourism capital of the world 

Home to one of the biggest cannabis companies on the planet, Smiths Falls has undergone a transformation

By Kieran Delamont

2019-09-27

For years, the shuttered Hershey Chocolate factory in Smiths Falls, Ontario was a painful reminder of economic pain. These days, it’s a shining testament to something else: the power of weed.

Home to Canopy Growth, one of the biggest cannabis companies on the planet, Smiths Falls has undergone a transformation. Years of economic depression has given way to canna-prosperity. And now the town wants to share its story with the rest of the world. 

This week, the town took a step towards making cannabis tourism official town policy. The town wants to build on the success of the Canopy Growth visitor’s centre, which offers guests a tour of the growing facility and a fancy-ish gift shop. 

“In other parts of the world where legalization has been introduced, cannabis tourism has injected hundreds of millions of dollars in direct and indirect revenue,” Smith Falls mayor Shawn Pankow told CBC. “We believe Smiths Falls is the first community in Canada to develop a Cannabis Tourism Strategy. This is an important step in solidifying our role as a leader.” 

But there’s one gigantic problem standing between Smiths Falls and canna-tourism riches: there’s nowhere in town to legally buy weed. Call me when you get that sorted.

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