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Medical marijuana testing laboratories could soon set up shop in Kelowna

Medical marijuana testing labs will soon be allowed in Kelowna's industrial areas.
January 26, 2015 - 3:08 PM

KELOWNA - Medical marijuana analytical testing will soon be a possible business after Kelowna city council agreed with staff that the current medical marijuana production bylaw needed clarification.

“We have been approached by several operators seeking clarification,” urban planning manager Ryan Smith told council. “The principal purpose here is to create a definition of analytical testing.”

Staff have been preparing for the eventual opening of a medical marijuana production facility within the city by crafting the bylaw Smith told council, adding 15 companies are in various stages of qualifying for a Health Canada production license although none have yet opened their doors.

Smith said medical marijuana testing facilities must be connected to a production facility, although not necessarily in the same building. “This would allow a producer to use an adjacent building, for example, where testing was the principal use.”

He also told council the revised bylaw, although tied to the definition and standards for marijuana testing set out by Health Canada, would allow companies testing other drugs to set up shop here as well. Council had little opposition to the changes and voted to send the bylaw change to a public hearing.

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