Council treads lightly on pot

Chris Clegg
South Peace News


How to regulate the potential licencing of medical marijuana facilities in High Prairie was on councillors’ minds July 12.
CAO Brian Martinson presented a report to council. In it, Martinson said medical marijuana is regulated by Health Canada and that under current regulations, can be prescribed and ordered from a licenced producer.
However, the creation of a specific land-use bylaw would need to be created in order to zone the facility and give approval to owners of the facilities. It’s where town council comes in.
Mayor Linda Cox moved to have administration amend the land-use bylaw to regulate medical marijuana facilities. She added later that the new bylaw could either approve of deny a facility.
“We might regulate it out of the community,” she said.
“I don’t know enough about medical marijuana,” said Councillor Arlen Quartly. I know there are users who need it. I’m 50-50 on the fence.”
Meanwhile, Councillor Brian Gilroy first wanted input from the RCMP.
“My concern is how will it affect the rest of the community?”
Councillor Debbie Rose agreed rules needed to be in place.
“… and we’ll know where we’re going,”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a pledge during the federal election as Liberal leader that he would legalize marijuana, if elected. The federal government can legalize the use of marijuana in Canada but it cannot interfere with municipal authority over where and when the products can be used and sold.

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