Some people opposed to the District of Sechelt rezoning property it owns on Dust Road say medical marijuana is the “elephant in the room”.
Lot L was originally bought for a sewer treatment plant, but it wasn’t needed. The District now wants to use half for a public works yard, and says rezoning will give it flexibility to sell or lease the rest.
Word a medical marijuana company has approached the District about the property was a common theme for those against the rezoning at a public hearing Tuesday night.
The previous owner is currently leasing some of the lot. He says he sold under threat of expropriation and if the District doesn’t want the land it should go back to him. He had lots of support, with one speaker warning that the District would discourage businesses from buying land in Sechelt because the local government doesn’t respect property rights.
The Sechelt Indian Band has also expressed interest in buying the land if the District decides to sell it.