Public meeting next week on zoning for possible marijuana operations in Charlottetown

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City of Charlottetown has scheduled a public meeting for Jan. 29 to hear comments

Richard Reams draws a prepared sample of medical marijuana at OregonGreen Lab in Williams, Ore. The City of Charlottetown has scheduled a public meeting for Wednesday, Jan. 29 to hear comments on possible future medicinal marijuana operations in this city.

Residents in Charlottetown are going to have their say on the medical marijuana issue next week.

The City of Charlottetown has scheduled a public meeting for Wednesday, Jan. 29 to hear comments on that issue as well as a rezoning application from Mel's Petro Can on St. Peters Road and the addition of a new horse barn at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

The meeting takes place in the Georgian Room at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel on Kent Street, beginning at 7 p.m.

On the medical marijuana issue, the city may be paving the way for the province's first production facility. Council recently voted 9-0 to proceed to the public consultation phase to consider an amendment to the city's zoning and development bylaw. Such an amendment would add the definition for medical marijuana production facility. That resolution also stiplulates that such a production facility can only be built in a heavy industrial zone or a business park industrial zone, such as the bio-commons park in the former neighbourhood of West Royalty.

The federal government launched a $1.3 billion free market in medical marijuana last fall. Health Canada is phasing out an older system that mostly relied on small-scale, homegrown medical marijuana of varying quality, often diverted illegally to the black market.

Under new federal legislation, large indoor marijuana farms certified by the RCMP and health inspectors will produce, package and distribute a range of standardized weed, all of it sold for whatever price the market will bear. The first sales took place this past October, delivered directly by secure courier.

This step by council is in response to the changes made federally.

There is no application before the city for a medical marijuana production facility but Coun. Rob Lantz, chairman of the planning committee, said he has heard rumours that someone may be interested and is in talks with the federal government about the possibility of doing that in the P.E.I. capital.

As of October 2013, there were 37,400 medical marijuana users across the country recognized by the department but officials project that number will swell more than 10-fold, to as many as 450,000 people, by 2024.

Also on the public meeting agenda is an application to rezone a portion of 8 Angus Drive from single-detached residential to mixed-use corridor and for 413 St. Peter's Road to change from low density residential to mixed-use corridor. Mel's Petro Can in the former neighbourhood of East Royalty is looking for approximately half a dozen additional parking spaces and, potentially, access off Angus Drive.

The third item on the agenda is discussion of the development agreement to allow a new horse barn at the CDP. Crews are in the process of demolishing seven of the older barns at the track to make way for a new barn that will house 120 horses in a $2-million project being funded by horse owners along with the federal and provincial governments.

Anyone wishing to view the proposed applications prior to the public meeting can do so at the planning department, located at 233 Queen St., between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. Written comments need to be submitted to the planning department by noon on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Organizations: Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, Health Canada, RCMP

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Peters Road, Kent Street West Royalty.The P.E.I.

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Recent comments

  • vick
    January 23, 2014 - 08:55

    Its very sad that top priorities are pot! Call it what you want it leads to bigger more addictive drugs! Telling our kids its ok to use…get your head out of the sand you tree hugging freaks and do something productive……I havent seen one person high on pot that was productive not one!

  • Sharon Cregier
    January 22, 2014 - 14:59

    Will the new horse barn have a sprinkler system? This is vital to the security of the horses and the community.