The mayor of Mirabel, Que., northwest of Montreal, says he has been receiving up to 10 calls per day from residents frustrated by the pungent smell of cannabis.
Two more companies recently obtained federal permits to grow the newly legal substance, and at least 10 other growers are scouting Mirabel's vast expanses of farmland for a place to set up operations. But complaints about the skunky aroma are leading officials to consider imposing a moratorium on the construction of cannabis-producing greenhouses.
"When the prevailing winds do not go from east to west, when there is no wind, the odours may spread to the urban centre of Saint-Canut, two and a half kilometres from the greenhouses," said Mirabel Mayor Jean Bouchard.
The problem lies in the greenhouses themselves because it is often "very hot and very humid," leaving operators with no choice but to open ventilation panels, the mayor said. Bouchard said the Mirabel's council may, as early as Monday, temporarily prohibit the construction of any more greenhouses on its territory.
"We need these companies to show us that there will be no odour problems," he said.
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