Niagara Falls opens door for medical marijuana facilities

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NIAGARA FALLS — With the production of medical marijuana expected to become a $2-billion industry that could provide much needed jobs, city politicians have decided Niagara Falls wants in.

The question is, just how will the city go about creating the climate for the establishment of a medical marijuana facility in the city?

As it turns out, councillors were split on how to integrate such a facility in the city. 

It was decided that the city would tackle applications on a site-by-site basis rather than apply a single set of standards. Council voted 5-4 in favour of that approach, with Mayor Jim Diodati breaking the deadlock after council split down the middle, with some preferring that a standard setback be included.

A report from staff detailed just where a facility could be located using varying setbacks from what was referred to as other “sensitive land uses” such as schools, hospitals...

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