Red Deer County News

Posted on: November 7, 2017

County Establishes Rules For Medical Marijuana Facilities

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At the September 19 Council meeting, Red Deer County Council made amendments to the Land Use Bylaw to establish zoning rules for the location of medical marijuana growing facilities.

Council determined that medical marijuana production facilities will be a permitted use in medium industrial districts, and discretionary use (needing MPC approval) in a business service industrial district.

This comes after several applications for marijuana grow facilities in different areas of the County – none of which were approved by Council.

As this industry is new throughout the County, medical marijuana production was initially classified as value-added agriculture – the same as greenhouses. However, over the last year, Red Deer County has learned from experts about matters such as security, odours, and the strict building criteria needed for such operations.

According to Mayor Jim Wood, “We want to make sure these facilities are located in the best possible place. It needs to have all the proper measures in place to ensure it does not negatively impact its neighbours.”

Councillor Jean Bota added, “This is really a Federal government issue. All we can do as Council is determine the land use for any type of business once it is considered legal.”

Several County residents spoke at the public hearing. All of them were against having medicial marijuana facilities in the rural parts of Red Deer County.

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