Article by Samantha Craggs, CBC News
It’s a philosophical question that’s circulated through Hamilton city hall for months: when it comes to city rules, should growing marijuana be considered the same as growing cucumbers?
Now, a group of local farmers says yes.
The city’s agriculture and rural affairs advisory committee — comprised of farmers, residents and politicians — voted in late February to pull a restriction preventing cannabis from being treated like any other farm crop.
It wants the city to change the rules so marijuana growers won’t have to keep their buildings to 2,000 square metres. City councillors will discuss it Tuesday.
Those opposed to the change, like Coun. Lloyd Ferguson, say huge bunker-style cannabis facilities will spring up across the greenbelt. Ferguson says they’ll eat up precious farmland that should be used to grow food.
“Whether you’re growing cucumbers of growing marijuana, are they the same?” he asked last year. “I don’t believe the greenbelt was intended to grow marijuana.”