The City of Nanaimo recently wrote a zone bylaw that restricts marijuana growing

The City of Nanaimo recently wrote a zone bylaw that restricts marijuana growing

Kathryn Seymour has had enough of the pungent aroma from a legal marijuana growing operation as it drifts into her yard, over her neighbour’s fence.After hearing her concerns, the Regional District of Nanaimo board of directors directed staff members to research options to regulate cannabis cultivation, before new federal drug production laws take effect next spring.Seymour, who lives in the Nanaimo River-White Rapids road area, took her concerns to the regional board this week.The Nanaimo River Road area resident wants the RDN to amend zoning bylaws to exclude cannabis growing as an allowable use in residential rural neighbourhoods.But Health Canada’s pot cultivation rules make no mention of local zoning restrictions.The City of Nanaimo recently wrote a zone bylaw that restricts pot growing to the Duke Point industrial park.Seymour knows her neighbour’s pot growing operation is legal, but she’s embarrassed to have people over, when the skunky smell of ripe buds drifts over the fence, into her private garden.”Basically we can’t enjoy our yard,” Seymour said. “We had somebody working here who was getting headaches from all-day exposure to it.””This type of operation does not belong in a residential neighbourhood.”Regional directors were sufficiently impressed to direct staff members to look into it further.”I don’t know what we can do, but the board was sympathetic,” said Joe Stanhope, RDN board chairman. “The lady had a really good presentation.”Staff members have contacted the B.C. Agricultural Land Commission to find out whether zoning could be used to regulate cannabis cultivation on B.C.Agricultural Land Reserve lands. “We understand a lot of local governments in B.C. are dealing with this right now,” said Tom Armet, RDN manager of building, bylaw and emergency planning.A report is expected back “in the next couple months,” Armet said.Source: http://www.canada.com/Weed+stink+residents+upset/8611880/story.html

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