Pubdate: Thu, 22 Jan 2015
Source: Innisfil Journal (CN ON)
Copyright: 2015 Metroland Media Group Ltd.
Author: Rick Vanderlinde


Council could approve a town-wide policy outlining rules to build 
medical marijuana facilities in Innisfil as early as March 4

But first residents will have a chance to ask questions and offer 
their ideas during a public open house at the town hall Jan. 29 from 
6:30 to 8 p.m.

Residents will have an opportunity to study the wide-range of Health 
Canada regulations and municipal zoning rules that must be in place 
before marijuana production facilities can be approved.

So far, there is one company proposing a facility in an empty 
industrial building on County Road 89 in Cookstown. But the town must 
pass a town-wide zoning bylaw before it deals with a specific site.

Town staff recommend the following zoning rules:

* Medical marijuana production facilities only permitted on land 
zoned industrial general and industrial business park.

* The facility/ building must be located at least 70 metres away from 
residential zones and the property line of other sensitive land uses 
such as schools, parks, community centres and day nurseries.

* The facility/building must be at least 100 metres away from 
residences in agricultural zones.

* Access to municipal water and sewage servicing is preferred and 
mandatory where available.

* Development on private servicing may only be permitted subject to 
approvals from the Ministry of Environment that there is sufficient 
water available for daily usage and that septic discharge from the 
facility can be safely treated.

* No outdoor signage or advertising shall be permitted to ensure that 
nothing on the outside of the building will distinguish it as a 
medical marijuana facility.

The open house will be followed by a public planning meeting Feb. 18, 
which will address public input at the open house.

A staff report says an indoor medical marijuana facility would create 
30 to 50 jobs.

"Medical marijuana production facilities can provide additional high 
quality local employment opportunities, particularly within 
industrial buildings that are currently vacant," the report states.

The 13 medical marijuana facilities in Canada are heavily regulated 
by the federal government, which has focused on health, safety and 
security before approving a new site. Health Canada has 1,000 
applications for new facilities.

Some Health Canada requirements include:

* The site and its restricted areas must contain physical security 
barriers fencing designed to prevent unauthorized entry.

* An air filtration system that prevents the escape of odours.

* Systems must be implemented to ensure access is controlled at all 
times and is restricted to permit employees only.

* A 24/7 visual monitoring and recording system for the perimeter of 
the site as well as areas where marijuana is located.

* An intrusion detection system must be provided which will detect 
unauthorized access.

* The site must be monitored by private security company.

* The identity of every person entering or exiting the facility must 
be documented.
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