Any cannabis growers in Bradford West Gwillimbury who want to start a federally-regulated micro-cultivation operation could wait a year or more while the town establishes more rules about them, council voted Tuesday night.
Councilors Gary Lamb and Peter Ferragine were the only ones who voted against an interim control bylaw, which would ban any new cannabis micro-cultivation operations on agricultural, rural, marsh agricultural, and natural heritage system properties for one year, with a chance of extension.
Coun. Peter Dykie Jr. did not attend the meeting due to an illness in the family. “We’re just delaying the inevitable. Farmers’ markets are more than just apples and apple pie,” said Lamb, noting cannabis should be treated like any other crop. “What happens if someone says, ‘I don’t like cucumbers, I don’t like carrots, I don’t like the way onions smell?’ Why do we have to reinvent everything?”
Deputy Mayor James Leduc explained voting for an interim bylaw does not mean the town is opposed to micro cultivation, rather it gives town staff time to look into all federal regulations for the operations and come up with additional ones about land-use planning, such as how close they can be to residential areas.
“This is good leadership. We want to make sure we do it right,” Leduc said. “We’re not opposed to anything. Taking a good look at things is not a bad thing to do.”
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