It seems even chocolate factories have to grow-op.

A shuttered site that once rolled out Hershey bars is being targeted by Tweed Inc -- a Canadian start-up -- looking to get a leg up on the medical marijuana business.

“It’s an exciting opportunity,” Mark Zekulin, the company's vice president of community engagement, told Reuters Canada. “There is a demand and there’s good opportunity in this market.”

If successful, the move could actually spell its own sweet relief for a town that has fallen on hard times since the plant closed in 2008.

“The world has changed, and this is a legitimate business that (thousands of) Canadians rely on,” mayor Dennis Staples told the Ottawa Citizen. “It’s going to create jobs that we sorely need, and we hope that the remaining space continues to attract other tenants.”

The 470,000-square-foot site has already been conditionally sold to Tweed, with the company planning to spend an additional $1.5 million to get the grow op running -- along with hiring 100 people, according to Reuters.

"It's actually welcome news for Smiths Falls given the fact that our community of 9,000 in the last five to six years has lost close to 1,700 jobs," Staples said on CTV's Canada AM.

Since legalizing medical marijuana in 2001, the federal government has allowed the number of sanctioned grow-ops to swell from 500 to around 30,000, the Citizen reports.

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  • Canada - 12.2 Per Cent

    3,429,678 people These are the <a href="http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/130918/dq130918a-eng.htm" target="_blank">StatsCan totals</a> for Canadians age 15 years and older in the 12 months of 2012. Use included cannabis and hashish.

  • 10. Saskatchewan - 10.1 Per Cent

    81,676 people

  • 9. P.E.I. - 10.4 Per Cent

    12,437 people

  • 8. New Brunswick - 11 Per Cent

    68,444 people

  • 7. Newfoundland And Labrador - 11.1 Per Cent

    47,344 people

  • 6. Quebec - 11.5 Per Cent

    763,278 people

  • 5. Manitoba - 11.5 Per Cent

    110,235 people

  • 4. Alberta - 11.8 Per Cent

    361,247 people

  • 3. Ontario - 12.1 Per Cent

    1,331,299 people

  • 2. B.C. - 14.2 Per Cent

    538,434 people

  • 1. Nova Scotia - 14.8 Per Cent

    115,285 people <a href="http://huff.to/18g3q4l" target="_blank">Trailer Park Boys thesis proved</a>.

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  • 29. Norway

    - 4.55 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year. All data from <a href="http://www.unicef.org/policyanalysis/index_68637.html" target="_blank">UNICEF'S Child Well-Being Index</a> for 2013.

  • 28. Sweden

    - 5.54 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 27. Romania

    - 6.08 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 26. Greece

    - 6.6 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 25. Iceland

    - 7 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 24. Finland

    - 8.02 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 23. Germany

    - 8.55 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 22. Austria

    - 10.04 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 21. Portugal

    - 10.05 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 20. Hungary

    - 10.54 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 19. Denmark

    - 11.51 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 18. Slovakia

    - 13.04 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 17. Ireland

    - 13.11 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 16. Lithuania

    - 14.24 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 15. Poland

    - 14.60 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 14. Estonia

    - 14.69 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 13. Luxembourg

    - 15 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 12. Belgium

    - 16.07 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 11. Italy

    - 16.62 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 10. Netherlands

    - 17.05 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 9. The United Kingdom

    - 17.45 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 8. Slovenia

    - 18 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 7. Latvia

    - 18.5 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 6. Czech Republic

    - 21.49 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 5. The United States

    - 22.05 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 4. France

    - 22.54 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 3. Spain

    - 24.06 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 2. Switzerland

    - 24.13 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.

  • 1. Canada

    - 28 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report having used marijuana in the last year.