The zoning by-law amendment for the proposed medical marijuana production facility in Wallaceburg was unanimously approved by council Monday.
The amendment allows the land located at 6850 Base Line in Wallaceburg to include a marijuana production facility for medical purposes as an additional permitted use.
Kim Cooper, the agricultural specialist for Chatham-Kent’s economic development department, said the Wallaceburg proposal is a new one and he is also already working with two companies interested in starting similar facilities in Chatham.
“It is quite a process and it is really regulated under Health Canada. They are the ones that are regulating medical marijuana,” he said. “The process for a company to actually grow medical marijuana is quite in depth and quite involved. The company first of all has to have a facility. Health Canada has outlined how it is supposed to be set up. As far as security, it requires 24-hour security; inside the facility you need a vault where you keep the goods. The last thing they want to happen is any type of break-ins.”
The owner of the property is Tatro Properties Ltd.