The City of Kamloops has voted to have a public hearing on a new zoning bylaw that would ban medical marijuana from being grown in people's homes.
If approved, it would restrict legal grow operations to general or heavy industrial areas
The city says this comes ahead of expected changes to federal laws that would restrict the production of medical marijuana to licensed private operators.
The city voted to hold a public hearing on the matter, but that was opposed by councillors Nelly Dever and Tina Lange, who want the city to also consider allowing medical marijuana to be grown in agricultural areas.
"We have limited it right down to only industrial lands, when I think we want to hear about how it would work on agricultural lands," said Lange.
"Certainly Kamloops has some agricultural land and isn't it farmers that would be good at this?"
Bylaw enforcement unclear
Kamloops pot activist Carl Anderson agrees the propsed bylaw is too restrictive.
He estimates there are 100 people in Kamloops growing medical marijuana for personal use, and says the zoning changes would leave growers with few places to actually grow marijuana in Kamloops.
"What this looks like is an attempt by city hall to subvert the federal regulations and use this new zoning bylaw and attack personal producers of medical cannabis throughout the community, so people should be very concerned," said Anderson.
It is unclear what type of enforcement the city would legally be able to carry out if the zoning change is approved and no date has been set for the public hearing.
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