Plans for a new Guelph Centre for Cannabis Research are moving forward at the University of Guelph, with a professor researching cannabis at the university hoping ground will break on the project as early as this spring.
The proposed $20 million centre is in the planning stages, with half of the funding committed by Wiisag Corporation, a First Nation cannabis company headquartered in Neyaashiinigmiing, Ont.
“We still don’t have the whole bucket full of cash required to put this infrastructure project in place, but I am still planning on breaking ground in the spring,” said Mike Dixon, professor at University of Guelph.
Currently, students who want to do research with mature cannabis plants have to drive three hours east on the 401 east to a company partnering with the university, said Dixon.
“That will change when we have our own facility and license,” said Dixon.
The proposed 30,000 square-foot building will be two stories plus