Maple Ridge wants to nip a problem in the bud by regulating where medical marijuana can be grown.
A newly drafted bylaw proposes that commercial medical marijuana production be permitted only in agricultural zones in an effort to stop marijuana growth in residential areas.
The bylaw attempts to address issues that can come with residential grow-operations such as electrical fires, waste, environmental concerns and the drug’s diversion into the illegal market.
Commercial marijuana facilities would face the same building restrictions as other pungent industries such as pig farms or mushroom barns, with requirements to be at least 30 metres from rear lot lines and 60 m from front lot lines.
Grow-operations would also need to be at least 200 m away from any elementary or secondary school, due to ongoing odour complaints of residential growers operating too close to schools.
– Read the entire article at The Province.