Owen Sound medical marijuana production facility decision appealed to OMB

City council’s approval of a zoning bylaw amendment that would allow medical marijuana production facilities in certain areas of Owen Sound has been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board.

Owen Sound resident Dustin McGregor plans to argue that the amendment “stifles small business,” contrary to the city’s official plan, and could put the city at risk of a lawsuit if current federal production regulations are deemed unconstitutional, according to documents submitted to city hall.

Council voted Monday night to notify the OMB that it stands behind its zoning amendment decision. It also authorized the city to retain lawyer Harold Elston to represent the city.

Pam Coulter, the city’s director of community services, told council that the amendment adheres to provincial planning policies and the city’s official plan. It represents good planning, she said, and promotes opportunities for economic development in the city.

Coulter said Wednesday that the appeal puts the...

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