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Nanaimo Council closes medical marijuana loophole

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Nanaimo City Council has changed its mind on allowing medical marijuana production on industrial property, although they’ve already approved one application.

The concern is that grow-ops on industrial land could get a large tax break by applying to be assessed as a “farm”.

Council voted Monday night on zoning changes that would only allow commercial medical marijuana production on agricultural land.

Councillor Bill McKay was the only one opposed. He says medical marijuana is a specialized industrial product and ought to be treated that way.

The changes will not affect the commercial grow op already approved for 1100 Maughan Road.

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