Article by Ray Spiteri, Niagara Falls Review
Niagara Falls city council will consider allowing a medical marijuana facility in the Stanley Avenue Business Park.
The city is scheduled to hold a public session during Tuesday evening’s council meeting to deal with a zoning bylaw amendment application for an address on Kister Road.
The applicant, Alexei Chinkarenko, applied to amend the general industrial zone of 6471 Kister Road to add a medical marijuana facility to the list of permitted uses on the property.
City staff recommends council approve Chinkarenko’s request.
A medical marijuana facility for the pharmaceutical extraction, capsuling and bottling of cannabis product would be compatible with the types of uses anticipated under the industrial designation, said staff in a report to go before council Tuesday.
The subject land is located about 300 metres from the nearest sensitive land use.
Staff said the security requirements that form part of the necessary federal licensing for such a facility should address any security concerns that are raised.
The processing, packaging and shipping facility will be required to obtain a license under the Federal Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes regulations.
The rezoning is the first step in the process.
The land is occupied by a vacant 629-square-metre industrial building.
The site provides parking, loading and landscaping.
The land is surrounded by a number of industrial uses.
Mayor Jim Diodati said he’s comfortable with the location of the facility because it’s in a business park where people don’t live.