Stittsville councillor opposes medical marijuana dispensary after visit

Written by Matthew Kupfer for CBC News.

Stittsville Councillor Shad Qadri visited a new medical marijuana dispensary on Iber Road after publicly declaring his opposition to the facilty—and left without changing his mind.

Magna Terra owner Franco Vigile invited Stittsville residents to visit his facility Wednesday in a bid to ease community concerns about its safety.

Vigile said he had chosen the location to be more than a kilometre from the nearest school or community centre, part of his series of rules he’s imposed on his facility.

“I’m not in a foot traffic area, I’m in an industrial zone,” Vigile said. “I have a three-stage process when you’re entering the clinic. You cannot even gain access to the reception area until you’ve been validated from our receptionist on camera.”

Franco Vigile owns Magna Terra, a medical marijuana dispensary opening a second location in Stittsville. (CBC)

Vigile said his staff would not allow minors or anyone with their face covered to enter the facility. Staff will also ask for government-issued photo identification and a doctor’s prescription as they set up their client’s accounts and dispense a variety of marijuana-derived products.

The extra measures were not enough to impress the councillor, who says the bottom line is the facility should not be operating. He ended his meeting with Vigile saying there was no getting past that.

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