Comox rezoning proceeding for medical marijuana production
Council council gave first and second reading to a zoning amendment bylaw Wednesday to permit medical marijuana production facilities in two particular zones within the town.
In a presentation to council, planner Marvin Kamenz explained because Health Canada is phasing out regulations that permit marijuana to be grown in homes (as of March 31), new federal licensing regulation shift from small-scale production to large-scale commercial industrial settings.
As of April 1, the only legal means of access to marijuana for medical purposes will be through the newly licensed producers, he explained, and added individuals will no longer have the authority to produce the drug.
Kamenz explained the licensed activity (cultivation, processing, testing, packaging, etc.) must be conducted indoors. The new model of production and distribution fits the industrial land-use category, as opposed to commercial.
The large-scale production is consistent with industrial and agricultural land uses.
In his report, Kamenz noted only two industrial or agricultural zones apply to lands that are also designated in the Official Community Plan for long-term industrial or agricultural use: AG1.1 Agricultural and I2.1 Aeronautical Industrial.
The bylaw would allow production only on those zoned lands.