December 16, 2013 - 10:13 AM
KAMLOOPS - The TNRD is preparing for changes to medical marijuana laws to be imposed by the federal government.
A public hearing was held last week and a bylaw regulating medical marijuana grow-ops in the area was read for the third time. Now, the law is headed for review by the province before it can be returned to the regional directors for adoption.
"Now, what it does is it goes to the province for approval," said Regina Sadilkova, TNRD director of development services.
In the summer, the federal government announced changes to the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations for the prescription, production and distribution of medical marijuana in the country. At a municipal level, zoning bylaws must be updated for compliance. The TNRD bylaw will regulate medical grow-ops on agricultural property and industrial property in the region.
It allows medical grow-ops on agricultural land of eight hectares. For industrial land, it can be no smaller than four hectares large.
"It changes the TNRD zoning bylaw," Sadilkova said. "We would look at specifically what land… and look at the size of the land and the zoning."
Under the previous regulations, the TNRD isn't aware of how many or where facilities exist in the areas, but all licenses are expected to expire under the new legislation.
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