Hamilton Councillors Wants Health Canada to Force Cannabis Grow Operations to Obey Local Regulations

Article by Kevin Werner,  Stoney Creek News via Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton councillors wants Health Canada to force cannabis grow operations to obey local regulations NEWS Aug 20, 2018 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News Glanbrook Coun. Brenda Johnson wants Health Canada to deny any prospective cannabis grow operator a license if they don't conform to municipal bylaws. - Kevin Werner/Metroland/file

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.

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