Pitt Meadows council is considering allowing medical marijuana grow operations in industrial areas.
Health Canada is changing the rules around growing pot for medical purposes and plans to have marijuana grown only by licensed producers with strict regulations and inspections in place.
A staff report to Pitt Meadows council, which is scheduled to be dealt with at today’s committee meeting, points out that other municipalities, for example, Maple Ridge, are considering allowing marijuana production only in agricultural zones, but the City of Pitt Meadows is looking at allowing it in industrial zones.
The report explains that industrial zones might be more appropriate for growing medical marijuana because they already have services like water, sewer, electricity, and gas, and the buildings can be inspected – unlike buildings in the agricultural zone.
In addition, developments in an industrial zone must comply with development permits, unlike in the Agricultural Land Reserve.
In addition, remote areas aren’t as well monitored by police and response times are much longer in these areas.
However, legal counsel for the City has indicated that prohibiting the production of marijuana in agricultural areas could open the City to legal challenges.
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