Article by Nathan Taylor, Orillia Matters
Oro-Medonte Mayor Harry Hughes is hoping Health Canada will act on concerns about cannabis production facilities before a hearing that is set to take place next year.
Hughes introduced a motion at a recent county council meeting that states if Health Canada issues a licence to grow but the applicant hasn’t met all the requirements, the federal body can revoke that licence.
“If that happens, we don’t need an LPAT (Local Planning Appeal Tribunal) hearing,” he said. “They’re going to save LPAT and the taxpayers of Ontario a lot of money.”
Hughes contends licences were granted to commercial cannabis producers in the township without the proper notification to the municipality.
“They’re not following their own process,” he said of Health Canada.
Oro-Medonte implemented a bylaw to regulate where cannabis production facilities can be located in the township. That led three companies — Carmel Pharms, Organibis and 2541005 Ontario Ltd. — to appeal to the LPAT.
An 11-day hearing has been set for March 22, 2022.