Belleville Pot Research Site Proposed

Article by Jason Miller, The Intelligencer

Pot research site proposed  By Jason Miller, The Intelligencer.  Intelligencer file photo The former Nortel building on Sidney Street could house a medical marijuana research and education facility. Loyalist College and a Toronto-based firm have partnered in the project.

Loyalist College is partnering with a Toronto firm, currently lobbying the city to amend the zoning of a sprawling Sidney Street property to house what the college labels as a centre for education, training, analysis, extraction and equipment development linked to the medical marijuana industry.

In a letter of endorsement addressed to city planners, college president Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan stated the project, proposed by Toronto Capital, which owns 250 Sidney Street (former Nortel property), “offers strong synergies with Loyalist College.”

“Loyalist is proud to play a vital role in supporting industry and businesses in our region and was pleased to enter into discussions with Toronto Capital to explore a strategic partnership and, to that effect, executed a memorandum of agreement with Toronto Capital on Dec. 13, 2017,” Vaughan’s note to the city states.

Toronto Capital will take its bid to the city on March 5, to have the site now zoned for restricted industrial modified to permit a medical marijuana production facility.

“The facility will also be partnering with Loyalist College to operate educational seminars in conjunction with the college’s cannabis program,” notice of the public meeting indicates.

Vaughan stated Loyalist supports the application to rezone the site, as it is important to efforts by the firm to acquire the necessary Health Canada licenses.

Greg Parker, the Belleville lawyer representing the firm’s interest here, said Toronto Capital owns the building and decided to use it for research and development in the medical marijuana industry.

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