Article by Simon Martin, Stouffville Sun-Tribune
When 17-year-old Whitchurch-Stouffville resident Chloe McMillan started biking around her neighbourhood of Preston Lake this past summer, she noticed an odd smell.
“A very strong weed smell. Like a big group of people have been smoking,” she said.
McMillan had heard people in the neighbourhood complain about the smell before. She said people believed it came from a nearby indoor cannabis facility.
The facility on Woodbine Avenue, just north of Bloomington Road, made the news in 2019. At that time an inspection of the licensed indoor cannabis facility, by York Regional Police, found it was operating with four combined Health Canada medical cannabis licences that allowed for 1,752 cannabis plants to be grown.
Investigators found more than 6,000 plants in various stages of production in the 10,000-square-foot facility. Three men were arrested at the scene. According to the YRP there was stay of proceedings on the charges at the location. Const. Laura Nicolle said that means they weren’t withdrawn and they weren’t convicted, they were just paused and could be revisited later, depending on circumstances
The arrests haven’t seemed to deter the operation.
“It’s definitely not pleasant when you go for a nice bike ride. We have a lot of kids in the neighbourhood,” McMillan said.
Some neighbours, she said, have complained about what smells like chemicals.
When McMillan told her mom about the situation, she told her to work on solving the issue.
The Grade 12 student contacted Rod Boudreau, another concerned resident in the Preston Lake neighbourhood.