Brock councillors to hear marijuana cultivation deputation

The only deputation scheduled for Monday’s (March 26) Planning Committee meeting, from Yigil Rifkind regarding marijuana cultivation in Brock Township’s rural areas, was withdrawn from the agenda with the expectation of being rescheduled for April.

Rifkind previously submitted a letter to the Township regarding the same issue back in November. He was writing on behalf of Maple Leaf Wellness (Canada) and was specifically referring to a property on Concession 14 Brock.

While no background was included, the letter questions the decision to classify medicinal marijuana operations as an industrial use under the Township’s zoning bylaw.

“While we disagree the zoning of industrial use, would it be possible to simply create a greenhouse to cultivate the cannabis and all ancillary activities will occur offsite?”

At the Nov. 27 meeting, Mayor John Grant moved that the cultivation and/or production of cannabis is an industrial use which should only be permitted within industrial zones as per the Zoning By-Law.  His motion was carried.

Grant previously fought against the development of a marijuana production facility in Cannington, an application that was later approved by the Ontario Municipal Board.

No further details with respect to Rifkind’s deputation were included in the March 26 agenda. Watch for more information as it becomes available.

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