Article by Maija Hoggett, Timmins Today
Having legal marijuana producers set up in Timmins is a potential economic boom Coun. Joe Campbell doesn’t want to miss.
Tuesday, council directed staff to move ahead with updating the city zoning bylaw to include where cannabis production and processing facilities can be located.
While the city’s official plan has policies to support cannabis production and processing, it’s not in the zoning bylaw.
“Wherever we go with this, the best practises cannot discourage people from coming and setting up here,” said Campbell, who was chairing the meeting in the absence of Mayor George Pirie.
Campbell said he’s researched Smiths Falls, a small eastern Ontario community that is now the headquarters of Tweed Inc and its parent company Canopy Growth Corp.
“And the economic boom to that town is tremendous and we want to be able to, if possible…take part in that economic boom,” he said.
Timmins’ planning department has had three inquiries about cannabis processing facilities.