Battleford to see new cannabis grow site

By Angela Brown
July 24, 2018 - 12:00pm

Battleford will be seeing green in the future now that Thunderchild First Nation has been approved for a cannabis grow facility.

The Town of Battleford approved the discretionary-use application for a cannabis grow operation in the highway commercial district at its recent meeting.

The development must meet conditions set out by the Ministry of Highways and will be located west of the town.

"It was up for a discretionary-use application and the application went through the public hearing as well as a reading from council at the last meeting," Mayor Ames Leslie said. "The (organization) submitted an application for the project a few months ago."

The motion was passed unanimously by council. No one appeared or spoke during the issue's public hearing. As well, the town indicated in its report property owners within a 75 m radius had been notified by ordinary mail, as required for a discretionary use application.

Leslie said Thunderchild First Nation, the Ministry of Highways and town administration are working together to make sure the project meets a number of provincial conditions. 

"It's another business opportunity in the community," Leslie said. "I think that from looking at ... the concept drawings of what the building is supposed to look like, it's going to be a very attractive building. One positive is that it's not within the main stream of the community. It's on the outskirts, on Highway 16, so it's out of the community in a sense, that way."

Leslie said this will also mean more property tax for the town as another benefit.


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