US (CA): Community worried about impact of cannabis greenhouse

Neighbours of a proposed Glen Valley-area marijuana growing facility are worried about local impacts, even as the owner pledges odour and light won’t be issues.

Glen Valley Cannabis is one of the many new marijuana-industry operations looking to start up in the Fraser Valley. The company is currently applying for a permit to build a soil-floored greenhouse in Glen Valley, near the Blaauw Eco Forest.

A number of neighbours nearby are worried about light pollution, odours, and the amount of water used by the new facility, or the impact it might have on the water table.

The residents asked that their names not be used, but they have banded together as the Glen Valley Neighbourhood Coalition. “We’re on wells here, everyone’s on a well,” one resident said.

They are concerned largely because of what happened in South Aldergrove after the Canopy Growth greenhouse started operation with thousands of plants in a multi-acre site originally designed for growing hothouse vegetables.

Residents in Aldergrove have complained for more than a year to the Township and other authorities about strong odours from the facility, located on Zero Avenue near 264th Street. Light has also been an issue.

The Glen Valley Neighbourhood Coalition members are worried the same thing could happen to their area. “This municipality for some reason is reluctant to become active, to do something about it,” said one coalition member. They’ve been appealing to multiple levels of government, from the Agricultural Land Commission to federal officials.

Read more at aldergrovestar.com


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