Cedar residents concerned over the effects of a proposed large recreational marijuana farm are holding a public meeting on October 1, 2019, at 7 pm at the Cedar Community Hall.
The meeting will focus on the potential changes in the Cedar area, says Donna Laing one of the organizers. The meeting has been spurred by the news that a former potato farm on Quennell Road is slated to be a recreational marijuana farm.
The new owners, a numbered company from Alberta, is planning to cultivate marijuana plants on a field of 20 acres that is adjacent to neighbouring properties and Quennell Lake, a fragile ecosystem.
Ann Erre responded by email on behalf of the company. “We are preparing an organic cannabis farm by using strong environmental stewardship practices and following Federal, Provincial and Municipal regulations. Our right to farm falls under the Farm Practices Protection Act and the Agricultural Land Commission Act. We will be carefully following the Environmental Management Act and all of the applicable regulations or codes of practice enabled therein.”
The community has many concerns, including, but not limited to, criminal activity and its effect on adults and children, air and water pollution and the long term effects on the lake, says Laing.
And this may just be the beginning. Fifty per cent of farms for sale in the Cedar area are being shown to cannabis producers, says Laing who lives near the property. Property values will drop and families with children will be affected.
Cannabis farming is one of the concerns being addressed at this year’s UBCM, a province-wide meeting of municipalities where the issue of how little municipalities and regional districts input they are allowed concerning cannabis farms.
The group was concerned that no tests have been done on how the smell from the plants affects air quality and health. Laing worries for the young people near the lake. “It isn’t a place you want to bring your grandkids to anymore.”
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