A Brampton councillor wants the city to clamp down on licensed marijuana grow operations in residential neighbourhoods.
“Even though there are legal marijuana grow operations happening in residential communities, the municipality has no legislative authority to inspect them for safety and compliance,” said Regional Coun. Gael Miles.
Miles won support on a motion at the Nov. 16 Community Services meeting directing staff to research what legislative powers the municipality can enact to counteract what she described “as a growing concern locally.”
Councillors heard that since 2014, Health Canada has issued some 35,000 licences for medical marijuana grow operations. Miles said she was stunned to learn that some of those permits were approved for commercial production in Brampton neighbourhoods.
“In the one case that I am citing there were children actually living in the home where grow operations were happening,” said Miles, noting that she has met with concerned residents, police, public health and bylaw enforcement officials on the issue.
Miles wants council to consider adopting a bylaw that would grant the municipality greater powers on enforcement.
“I’m not talking about legal marijuana grow operations just for personal use. I am talking about legal grow operations in residential communities where the plant is actually harvested and sold.”