Township’s medical marijuana bylaw proceeds

Growing medical marijuana is another step closer to being a permitted land use in Spallumcheen.

Growing medical marijuana is another step closer to being a permitted land use in Spallumcheen.

Council has given third reading to a bylaw that would allow medical marijuana production facilities in agricultural and industrial zones.

“I look at it as a crop and if people can be helped by it, by all means,” said Coun. Ed Hanoski, adding that the township has had to proceed with zoning changes because of federal laws calling for marijuana production.

“We’ve done the best we can with the situation.”

During a public hearing Monday, three people spoke in favour of the zoning bylaw while one disagreed.

“He was concerned about odour and crime,” said Mayor Janice Brown of the lone opponent.

“We reassured him that we are putting a policy in place because the federal government and the Agricultural Land Commission have said they can be in place.”

Brown believes marijuana production could generate some business opportunities.

“There should also be some tax revenue (for the township) from it,” she said.

The proposed bylaw has now been forwarded to the ministries of transportation and agriculture for approval.

It’s expected that final adoption of the bylaw could be before council in October.