An Enniskillen man who has been fighting to keep cannabis from being grown at a greenhouse just 28 meters from his home now has permission to be part of a hearing at the Ontario Land Tribunal.

Trevor Brand and his mother, Cathy, have been filing complaints about odor and light pollution since Tilray opened High Park Farms across the road from their Enniskillen home in 2018. The Brands and other neighbors complained about excessive light and odor coming from the facility.

The company put up light curtains and vapor cannons to reduce the problems, to no avail. At one point, Brand filed a complaint with the Normal Farm Practices Protection Board hoping to have the company fix the problem. But before the hearing was held, Tilray closed its High Park Farms facility on Lasalle Line in August 2021.

There are no federal or provincial rules about how close cannabis production operations can be to homes. Many Ontario municipalities have changed their own zoning rules to gain some control over the common issues of light and odor pollution. Municipal Councillor Mary Lynne McCallum and Deputy Mayor Judy Krall pushed for changes to Enniskillen’s official plan to deal with the issues the family faced.

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