Hamilton councillors want Health Canada to make sure potential cannabis grow operations follow municipal building, zoning and odour bylaws.
Councillors at their Aug. 17 meeting confirmed a motion requesting that before any license approval Health Canada to medical marijuana grow operations that they respect nearby sensitive land use and complies with all zoning and municipal regulations.
“We are not saying no, but I can tell you existing greenhouses now setting up shop have become a real issue (to neighbours),” said Glanbrook Coun. Brenda Johnson.
But Health Canada officials stated in a response to Hamilton’s motion, they already require potential medical marijuana operations to follow local municipal bylaws.
“Applicants are reminded that licensed producers are required to comply with all application provincial/territorial and municipal laws including zoning restrictions, fire and electrical safety and environmental legislation,” stated Andre Gagnon, a spokesperson for Health Canada.
In addition, applicants go through a stringent review process to become a licensed producer of cannabis that involves an initial screening, security clearance and follow up inspection. The application, states Health Canada, must also inform municipalities, fire service and police where they are located.
Councillors, though, said despite the federal government’s requirements, there are no approval process for municipalities to object to licensing production at a specific location.