North Battleford residents seem to be OK with a joint for joints starting on the outskirts of the city.
At this week's council meeting, the city reported it didn't receive any letters of objection and no one attended or voiced any concerns during the public hearing, for the proposed project to bring a medicinal marijuana production plant to the industrial area in North Battleford.
An unnamed company or group had previously expressed interest in developing a facility possibly at the former Maple Leaf food processing plant sometime in the future.
Council will be giving second reading to decide whether to allow a zoning amendment for a discretionary use for the industrial park area. The company hadwanted to use the vacant site of the former Maple Leaf food processing plant at 99 Canola Avenue in the industrial park in N.B., to produce marijuana for medicinal purposes only.
Mayor Ryan Bater added council still needs to approve an application before a company can start processing marijuana at the site.
"If someone wanted to start a production facility they would still require approval from council because it's at council's discretion," he said. "There are a lot of steps involved if someone wants to do that."
Bater added council hasn't spoken to the company that may be interested in starting a production facility here but administration has been in contact with a potentially interested party who hopes to start the project.
In its decision, council also needs to define what makes up a medicinal marijuana facility.
Realtor Colliers International is listing the 47,016 square foot building and 6.76 acre property for sale at a price of $1.6 million.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was edited for clarity at 2:23 p.m on March 15, 2017.
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