Pitt Meadows plans to allow medical marijuana to be grown in industrial areas although a at least one councillors doesn't want it in the City at all.
Council voted on Tuesday night to start preparing a bylaw to allow this to happen.
Mayor Deb Walters said it's frustrating when the federal government leaves municipalities to figure out how to deal with this type of regulation, and when the Agricultural Land Commission states it allows medical pot to be grown on its "valuable farmland."
The planned bylaw would mean anyone who wants to grow medical marijuana in the industrial area would have to come to council, get the necessary permits, and have a public hearing, Walters said.
"I think by putting this process in place, we're making it very difficult for them to want to do business in Pitt Meadows," she added.
The City's director of operations Kim Grout pointed out that having it in the industrial
area would allow for proper inspections of growing facilities and the ability for the City to tax it - taxes in the agricultural area are much lower.
Only Coun. Gwen O'Connell voted against preparing the bylaw, saying she doesn't support growing marijuana in industrial areas.
"I have to stand up and say no, I do not want this in our community," she said.
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