From pulp and paper to marijuana, the rebranding of Queens County

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Queens County in Nova Scotia is embracing a new type of crop cultivation. For decades, the forestry sector was the biggest employer in the area. But in 2012, the Bowater Mersey pulp mill was shut down and hundreds of people were suddenly out of a job. Seven years later, there’s a cannabis production facility on the former mill site and 50 people are working there. Owner Aqualitas set up its operation in one of the old Bowater warehouses. It’s an investment that hasn’t come cheaply.

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