Plympton-Wyoming puts cannabis growing operations on hold for another year

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Farmers looking to set up a cannabis operation in Lambton County won’t find a home in Plympton-Wyoming.

Council has agreed to extend is ban on new agricultural cannabis operations in the community for another year.

Cannabis became a legal product in 2018. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs says it is an agriculture crop like any other. “Therefore this crop cannot be prohibited, only regulated,” writes Planner Sarah Baldwin in a report to council Nov. 29.

She added several municipalities have had complaints regarding light and odour pollution from the greenhouse operations.

Council first passed the Interim Control Bylaw in Dec. 2020. Council agreed to renew the bylaw for one more year allowing staff to look at the issue and provide some solutions.

Baldwin says consultants have already looked at some the problems around cannabis operations and during the Official Plan review earlier this year heard comments from the public about what should be done.

Baldwin says “we’re hoping to embark on a zoning bylaw review process next year in 2022, which will incorporate additional study and zoning parameters that will be for these cannabis facilities.”

While there are no cannabis operations in the works, the town has received inquiries in the past.