Ontario Town Charges Alleged Cannabis Grow For Breaching Interim Bylaw

Article by Angela Stelmakowich, Growth Op

Ontario town charges alleged cannabis grow for breaching interim bylaw Company has launched two separate legal challenges, one of which calls for it to be exempt from the bylaw. By Angela Stelmakowich While the interim bylaw was initially passed in October of 2018, in essence halting new cannabis operations, it was later extended. / Photo: Pablo PORCIUNCULA BRUNE / AFP)PABLO PORCIUNCULA BRUNE/AFP/Getty Images

The Town of Pelham has slapped Woodstock Biomed Inc. with a provincial offences charge, believing that the business is running a large-scale cannabis grow despite the municipal interim prohibiting such operations.

The town characterizes its Cannabis Interim Control Bylaw (ICB) as being clear. “The ICB contained a simple prohibition and the town is fulfilling its responsibility to residents by enforcing the bylaw,” notes a town statement this week.

While the bylaw remains in effect, “the use of any land, building or structure for any agricultural, commercial or industrial cannabis purpose whatsoever, except for uses that lawfully existed on the date of the passage of the bylaw, is prohibited,” fire chief and director of bylaw services Bob Lymburner said in the statement.

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