The largest hemp cultivator in Maine has identified a former blueberry processing plant as its future extraction site.
Future Farm Maine – a subsidiary of Vancouver, British Columbia-based Future Farm Technologies – has signed a two-year lease for 12,960 square feet of the 60,000-square-foot building in Belfast, a coastal town about 100 miles north of Portland.
The Republican Journal reports that the processing facility could be up and running by this summer.
Future Farm has applied to the city for a change-of-use permit to allow the company to propagate and process industrial hemp in the building, which was last home to a frozen-blueberry processor.
Future Farm Technologies specializes in indoor marijuana production but plans to grow and process hemp in the United States.
Its subsidiary, Future Farm Maine, plans to propagate 250,000 seeds for planting on its hemp farms in Amity and Hersey.
The plant will also process dried flower from the farms into CBD oil and isolate.
Future Farm’s plans to grow hemp on 120 acres in Maine this year will dramatically increase the state’s hemp production.
The state reported just 30 acres in hemp production last year.