Pubdate: Wed, 19 Feb 2014
Source: Burnaby Newsleader (CN BC)
Copyright: 2014 Burnaby Newsleader
Author: Wanda Chow


Health Canada may have made some marijuana grow-operations legal, but 
Burnaby city hall doesn't want them springing up around town and 
taking them by surprise.

Council recently approved changes to the zoning bylaw to require that 
the latest incarnation of legal grow-ops be restricted to the city's 
industrial zones and be reviewed through a rezoning process that 
would trigger a public hearing.

The move is in response to Health Canada's upcoming changes to its 
rules which currently allow licenced growers of medicinal marijuana 
to grow cannabis in their homes for themselves and no more than two 
licenced consumers.

As of March 31, all such licences will expire and the program will 
end, with producers not being allowed to continue operating unless 
they get a licence under the new rules. Even then, they will have to 
apply for a rezoning, allowing council to have the final decision.

The new regulations will require medicinal pot to be produced on a 
large scale by private companies and allow for an unlimited number of 
authorized customers, essentially removing them from residential neighbourhoods.
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