Marijuana grow operation proposed

A proposal for a legal medical marijuana grow operation on Simpson Road has residents and members of council concerned.

A proposal for a legal medical marijuana grow operation on Simpson Road has residents and members of council concerned.

A letter of notification, from OK 420 Enterprises Inc., was sent to inform council of the company’s intentions to become a commercial licensed producer of medical marijuana at a facility at 5006 Simpson Road.

New federal regulations governing the production of medical marijuana will take effect in April.

Members of council expressed their concerns about how regulations for grow operations will be enforced.

“If we have no way of enforcing, I’m really concerned,” Mayor Janice Perrino said.

Coun. Martin Van Alphen also had questions about how regulations governing grow operations will be enforced.

“I think we’re in such a grey area right now.”

Neighbours of the property also had concerns about the security, noise and smell from the operation.

The operation is already in place, under the existing regulations.

Frank Fenwick, who lives in the area, said the smell alone is a significant problem for residents.

“We are so frustrated because nobody is doing anything,” he said

Municipal staff will send a letter to the provincial and federal authorities, summarizing council’s concerns about the grow operation.

The letter is expected to be sent by the end of April.