Town Council passed an amendment to the Land Use Bylaw regarding Licensed Medical Marijuana Production Facilities, during the March 6 regular meeting of Town Council.

The purpose of the amendment is to ensure administration can properly define and regulate all types of cannabis production facilities in Strathmore. It will also make sure the Land Use Bylaw remains aligned with the recent changes to the Federal Cannabis Regulations.

The amendment redefined “Licensed Medical Marijuana Production Facility” to “Cannabis Production Facility.” According to Cameron Thompson, “We are just looking to modernize the cannabis production regulations in the land use bylaw, by redefining what a cannabis production facility is.”

A new definition was added from the amendment. Thompson explained that the new definition, Cannabis Micro Production Facility, has some key differences compared to a Cannabis Production Facility.

The major difference is the size of the facility. The size of a Cannabis Micro Production Facility would be 200 square meters or smaller. The security requirements, site standards, and application requirements are less prescriptive. The federal government also has a seperate license for the micro facilities.

No one spoke in favor, or against the bylaw during the meeting.

Councillor Melanie Corbiell asked if the new permit for Cannabis Micro Production Facilities would cover Cannabis Nursery Facilities.

According to Thompson the new permits will also cover nursery facilities, as the only difference between the two facilities is the size.

The amendment passed all readings during the meeting.

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