After only two people attended the City of Castlegar public meeting and no one spoke for or against changes to Bylaw 1257, council adopted it to allow plans for a marijuana growing facility to move forward.
The city has been approached by a developer interested in developing a Health Canada approved production facility at 195 Highway 3/3A and 169/179 Hughes Road near the airport.
According to Castlegar’s director of development services Phil Markin, the developer is negotiating with the owners of the Hughes Road property.
Council documents explain that: “All applications to become a licensed producer of cannabis for medical purposes undergo a strict and thorough review. The newly licensed facilities will have to undertake all production, storage, and distribution of medical marijuana indoors, with the facilities meeting stringent security measures specified by Health Canada relating to the control of access to the facilities, control of access to restricted areas of the facilities, visual monitoring of the facilities and the perimeter of their sites, intrusion detection systems for the facilities and the perimeter of their sites.”