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An upcoming decision by the RDNO board of directors whether or not to support an exemption to Order in Council 380 has been deferred!
Green Amber, an Ontario company, is seeking permission to pour more than 100,000 sq ft of concrete as a base for their planned industrial marjuana production facility on Shafer Road in rural Lumby.
Because the land is in the Agricultural Land Reserve the operation must be carried out on soil. But Health Canada mandates that medical marijuana must be produced on something "controlled and sterile" (like concrete). Green Amber wants to process medical marijuana; hence the requirement for an exemption. And the ALC will not contemplate such an exemption without the explicit approval of the Regional District.
That approval seemed imminent when a group of citizens gathered Wednesday evening Dec.05 and organized delegations to the Electoral Area Advisory Committee "delegated public hearings" the following day (Dec.06).
Prior to the Committee's consideration of whether to approve Green Amber's request for exemption, that meeting included third reading of, and public hearings on, By-Law 2799. Speakers objected primarily to its opening up of permission for "marijuana production" facilities on essentially any property in Area 'D' or 'E'. Directors heard upwards of 20 speakers giving reasons why this would amount to a free-for-all gold-rush approach to development in the marijuana industry. Environmental and social constraints would be able to be treated with impunity by developers.