Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. website is up and running. Its 150,000-square-foot-facility will be completed soon to cultivate medical marijuana. – Website graphic
Hamilton councillors have put off a discussion on whether to allow larger cannabis production facilities in rural areas until either May or June.
The city’s agricultural and rural affairs committee meeting voted 9-4 vote in February to remove a 2,000-metre building size restriction and apply “appropriate” setback requirements on new cannabis production facilities.
Members of the March 20 planning committee had been scheduled to discuss the agricultural and rural affairs committee’s recommendation — with a sizable number of people in the gallery waiting for the debate — but councillors decided to have staff review the proposal first before allowing councillors to debate the controversial idea. Staff said a report to the committee would be ready either late May or early June.
A least four Ancaster residents had been scheduled to oppose the recommendations, arguing there would be problems in allowing larger cannabis facilities on agricultural land in the Greenbelt.
They are coming in with applications of up to 75 acres, 200 acres to put up these bunker buildings.
Coun. Lloyd FergusonAncaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson proposed a motion last fall to establish a moratorium on future marijuana grow operations until further regulatory and land planning guidelines are established by both the federal and provincial governments.
Ferguson voted against the motion to remove the restriction at the agricultural and rural affairs committee meeting, while councillors Judi Partridge, Brenda Johnson and Robert Pasuta supported the motion.
Currently, under the city’s rural official plan, marijuana grow operations are limited to 2,000 square metres. Over the last year, planning staff and Ferguson’s office have received information from companies seeking to set up much larger cannabis operations in rural Hamilton.
“They are not respecting (the planning guidelines),” said Ferguson. “They are coming in with applications of up to 75 acres, 200 acres to put up these bunker buildings.”
Mary-Lynne Howell, community affairs co-ordinator for the Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd., told a January 2018 agricultural and rural affairs committee meeting its 150,000-square-foot facility will be completed soon to cultivate medical marijuana.
There are three medically-licensed marijuana facilities in Hamilton and 24 in Ontario.
Beleave Inc., another cannabis production facility located in Flamborough, will eventually have 250,000 square feet of production on 100 acres of land.
“It’s a very, very small foot print,” said Gordon Harvey, a director at Beleave. Inc.
Harvey said the cannabis market in Canada is between $10 billion to $20 billion, and it is expected to grow over the next few years.