Article by Jaimie Kehler, CBC News
The City of West Kelowna is considering two bylaw amendments aimed at cracking down on commercial marijuana growing operations and dispensaries in the Okanagan city.
City council passed first reading of one bylaw amendment Tuesday afternoon that tightens restrictions around marijuana production facilities.
“I’m glad we’re going to have this community discussion,” said Mayor Doug Findlater.
The commercial grow operations may soon be limited to industrial zones and buildings with air filtration systems and increased security.
Commercial marijuana facilities would also not be allowed in multi-tenant buildings and would not be permitted close to schools, daycares or churches.
Council was told that staff members are spending considerable time responding to inquiries from people in the medical marijuana industry. The bylaw amendment is meant to provide some clarity.