Medical marijuana will only be produced in light industrial zones should a new City of Revelstoke pass.

Medical marijuana will only be produced in light industrial zones should a new City of Revelstoke pass.

City of Revelstoke to regulate medical marijuana grow-ops

The City of Revelstoke is proposing to allow medical marijuana grow ops only in parts of the city zoned light industrial.

The City of Revelstoke is proposing to allow medical marijuana grow ops only in parts of the city zoned light industrial.

Staff is asking council to give the go-ahead to develop a new bylaw that would create rules and regulations surrounding legal grow-ops in the community.

The bylaw would add a definition for Medical Marijuana Production facility and add its use to light industrial areas.

Currently, the industrial park, parts of the Big Eddy, a few areas along Westside Road and the community forest log yard on Highway 23 North are zoned light industrial.

The bylaw is being developed so the city can conform to new Health Canada regulations that came into effect Apr. 1, 2014, that say medical marijuana must be produced in a licensed, secure facility.

Should the new city regulations be passed, someone wishing to open a medical marijuana facility would need to get permission from Health Canada, as well as a development permit, building permit and business license from the City of Revelstoke.

The proposal will be discussed at the Mar. 10 meeting of council.