Cannabis control fever grips south Niagara

Cannabis control fever grips south Niagara

Amid the rapid growth of the cannabis industry since legalization in 2018, a number of municipalities have been looking to slam on the brakes. In south Niagara, the first to take the plunge was Pelham, who pre-emptively introduced an interim control bylaw on cannabis on Oct. 15, 2018, two days before legalization had even occurred.

Shortly after, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Port Colborne both jumped in with their own bylaws. Late in 2019, Welland councillors voted in favour of their own control bylaw, and Fort Erie is considering following suit.

So what exactly is an interim control bylaw anyway?

Up until cannabis legalization, an interim control bylaw was a little-used section of the Ontario Planning Act. Since then, municipalities have been using it to temporarily prevent cannabis facilities from opening up within their borders.

by James Culic Port Colborne Leader
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