1/10/2018 8:27:07 AM

Norfolk County tackles marijuana.

Tuesday night, the council chambers was alive with debate regarding the controversial issue of marijuana legalization and a mass abundance of smell complaints from people who do grow it legally. Mayor Charlie Luke made it clear that something needs to be done asking the men sitting around the table not to be afraid to stir the pot.

    Norfolk County is leading the way when it comes to marijuana legalization and smell complaints with Mayor Luke saying the second one is something that should not be downplayed.

    Come July 1st, every person will be allowed to grow four plants on their property, but outside of that will be a different story. Growing marijuana in Norfolk is now under site plan control and one umbrella and, aside from the four plants, it will be restricted to Industrial and Agricultural zones with a buffer of 150 meters from neighboring properties but could be placed further away if people fail to comply, or there are complaints. Council also wants to update its bylaw on obnoxious uses to make it easier for people to file a complaint against the marijuana smell produced from other facilities. The next step is a public consultation in February to talk about these proposed changes with a staff report likely in March to make these bylaw amendments official in Norfolk. None of these changes will be made effective immediately, council just voted in favour of what they would like to see changed.

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