Saskatchewan’s Minister of Agriculture would like to see an opportunity for farmers to grow marijuana as a cash crop.
Lyle Stewart says the federal government is the sole regulator of production of cannabis and so far only greenhouses are licensed to grow marijuana.
He says hemp is grown on the prairies so the similar marijuana could also become a crop.
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“I doubt if it will ever happen,” he says, “But I guess it’s going to depend on what the demand is for it, if it can be met in greenhouse situations, that will be the way they want to go first because it’s easier to provide the security.”
Stewart also says the drug has only been approved for regulation by the federal government and greenhouses licensed to grow marijuana is for security reasons.
“I don’t know if we’ll ever get to a point where it will be grown in open fields,” he says. “If there is of course, there will be fencing and security requirements. But we’re not there yet.”