CAN (BC): Cannabis grower expanding despite neighbours' complaints

A cannabis grower that has raised the ire of its Whonnock neighbours will be allowed to expand.

After getting legal advice, the City of Maple Ridge announced it will issue a building permit to Tantalus Labs for an approximately 50,000 square foot expansion of their cannabis greenhouse growing facility in east Maple Ridge.

“City council, like the neighbourhood, is frustrated by the implications of an expansion of this facility, but we are bound by the existing legislative framework and decisions of senior government,” said Mayor Mike Morden in a press release Friday.

“Unfortunately, we have no legal authority to stop the expansion or implement conditions to mitigate impacts on residents because the operation is a permitted farm use and sits within the Agricultural Land Reserve. Our hope is that as part of the expansion work, Tantalus Labs will be a responsible neighbour and take action to fully address residents’ concerns.”

Tantalus CEO Dan Sutton said last week that city hall has held up his company’s expansion plans by not issuing the permit, and said they had no legal authority to do so.

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