BC Neighbours worried about new industrial marijuana grow-op

Whonnock residents fear their bucolic way of life will be ruined if plans for a large medical marijuana greenhouse are approved by Health Canada.

The conflict began about a year ago after a company purchased 15 acres of farmland in an area surrounded by smaller acreages. The property, which is in the Agricultural Land Reserve, was traditionally used for intensive agriculture, according to its new owner, Dan Sutton, managing director of Tantalus Labs. The company plans to continue that tradition, building a 40,000-square-foot greenhouse to grow marijuana.

But neighbours say the new crop is unlike any other farm use.

“We’re not against this industry, the problem is the location,” said Sylvie Jensen. “Industrial grow-ops don’t belong in a place like this.”

Neighbours claim the company brought in loads of gravel to replace “beautiful topsoil.”

They also have significant concerns about their water supply. Many are on wells and face water...

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