Zoning to accommodate a medical marijuana facility in Oldcastle has been approved by the Town of Tecumseh.
Town council hosted a public meeting Tuesday night to discuss the operation on Outer Drive and approved the zoning change.
The property owner asked to re-zone the land so it can be sold to a prospective buyer called Global Organiks, which wants to open a medical marijuana facility there.
That company plans to buy the land and then hire about 10 workers to start, and 27 when at full capacity.
Global Organiks originally planned to build five new greenhouses, but now says it will build a steel structure instead.
The proposed facility would produce about 50,000 grams of medical marijuana every month.
Prescriptions will be shipped to patients by courier. There will be no public access to the building.
Global Organiks will now apply for approval from Health Canada.
"The federal government has approved this and the Supreme Court has approved it, so it is a new industry. It's here. It's here to stay," Joe Fenech of Global Organiks said. "We want to take advantage of it, if we can. We're residents here. We pay taxes. I think it's a reasonable request."
Fenech expects it will take 12 to 18 months to get approval from Ottawa.
Town councillor Mike Rohrer voted against the plan. He's against " the idea of dangling jobs as a reason to support this."
"It's a marijuana facility. You can call whatever you want ... but I think it sends the wrong message. I don't think it's what we should support in our municipality," he said.
Given the land's location and proximity to the Herb Gray Parkway and Highway 401, Rohrer wanted to see something else open there.
Rohrer said the site is a perfect location for a logistics centre.
"There's an overabundance of this stuff. I think it's being abused, it's being over-prescribed, it sends a bad message to our young people. I don't support it. I won't support the re-zoning and I think there are much more attractive job creators that we can attract to the town of Tecumseh than a marijuana facility," he said.
Source: CBC News