City of Barrie will probe what can and can't be done

The city will look into the legality of licensing any medical marijuana production facility in Barrie.

While giving initial approval Monday to expand permitted uses within the industrial section of the city's comprehensive zoning bylaw, there were questions about a business licence for one particular use.

"I have enough discomfort about this," said Mayor Jeff Lehman of medical marijuana production, noting the Ontario Municipal Act does have restrictions about what local governments can and cannot licence.

"Maybe you can't make it illegal, but you can require conditions," he said. "Maybe we can get some detail on what is and what is not permitted."

That detail is expected before final approval of the expanded industrial use is considered March 30 by city council.

The Act does state that a municipality shall not pass a business licensing bylaw, providing for a system of licences, which makes it illegal for a business to...

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