At its June 9 Regular Meeting, Cold Lake City Council passed changes to the city’s Land Use Bylaw that will allow for cannabis micro-production as a Discretionary Use in facilities on commercially zoned land.
Micro-processors are also subject to federal and provincial regulations and licencing requirements.
The Government of Canada’s Cannabis Act and Regulations allow for micro-processing licences for businesses that will not use more than 600 kilograms of dried cannabis in a year in the production of their product.
Such businesses can produce edibles, topicals and CBD products, but cannot cultivate cannabis. Micro-processors cannot sell product directly to the public, but must sell into the regulated cannabis supply chain for resale through licenced cannabis shops.
As a Discretionary Use, an application for cannabis micro processing operations in a commercially zoned area would trigger notifications to surrounding land owners.
The Development Authority of the City of Cold Lake could also examine the site, adjacent sites, and consider any additional requirements and planning considerations that may apply.
The Planning Authority of the City of Cold Lake could then approve the application, approve the application with conditions, or refuse the application.
Because the micro-processing licences allow for limited production, and because there are no public sales of the product on site, administration recommended that council allow micro-processors to establish themselves in districts zoned for commercial use.
Prior to the change, the Land Use Bylaw would allow micro-processors of cannabis products only in areas zoned for light-industrial and heavy industrial uses.
Micro-growing licences are also allowed under the new federal regulations, however, they will be limited to areas zoned for industrial uses due to the potential for the cultivation to create nuisance effects such as odour and high humidity that could impact adjacent businesses.