Chilliwack city council forced to allow medical marijuana on farm land

The provincial government has forced municipalities to regulate, but not prohibit, medical marijuana growing on farmland.

Corn, hay, cranberries, sure, but prime farmland in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) in the Fraser Valley is no place to grow marijuana.

That was the position of Chilliwack city council two years ago with regard to medical marijuana grow operations (MMGOs), but now the provincial government has ordered the city to allow exactly that.

"It's unfortunate and disheartening that the province is forcing us into compliance," Coun. Chris Kloot said at Tuesday's council meeting.

On May 7, the provincial government amended the ALR rules to say federally licensed medical marijuana production is a farm use, and all municipalities needed to write new bylaws to regulate, but not prohibit, marijuana growing in the ALR.

Two years ago, on Sept. 3, 2013, council adopted a series of text amendments to the zoning bylaw to regulate...

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