Medical Marijuana Poses New Problems for Metro Vancouver

As hundreds of B.C. companies clamour to become licensed medical marijuana producers, a split is emerging among municipalities over whether such facilities should be allowed on agricultural land, confined to industrial areas, or banned entirely.

Municipalities are rushing to pass bylaws before April 1, when Health Canada will no longer permit medical marijuana users to grow their own supply. The only legal access after that deadline will be through government-licensed producers.

This has led to a proliferation of medical marijuana companies applying to Health Canada to become licensed producers. Of the more than 400 applications across Canada, about a quarter have come from B.C., Health Canada spokesman Sean Upton said.

To date, Health Canada’s website lists seven authorized licensed producers of medical marijuana across the country. Two — Canna Farms Ltd. and ThunderBird Biomedical Inc. — are based in B.C. Neither returned calls on Friday. Canna Farms lists a Maple Ridge post office box as its address, and ThunderBird Biomedical’s website says only that it is based on Vancouver Island.

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