Medical marijuana industry budding in Lachute
November 15, 2016 News
Medical marijuana is a growing industry in Canada. There are currently 36 licensed medical marijuana facilities in the country, including 21 in Ontario. Two new facilities are expected to be opening in Lachute, one as early as next summer. Quebec currently has only one licensed facility, owned and operated by Gatineau-based Hydropothecary.
After the city began the consultation process to rezone a section of the city for specific use by medical marijuana facilities, Lachute Mayor Carl Péloquin told The Review it received dozens of inquiries from interested companies. “I thought that it would be good to be ready and to have the right zoning, since it’s now considered an acceptable therapy,” said Péloquin.
Council initially looked at the possibility of rezoning an industrial sector on Cristini Boulevard, but rejected the plan after nearly a dozen of the existing industries objected.
After evaluating their options, Péloquin said council chose to begin the consultation process to rezone the area surrounding the Régie Intermunicipale Argenteuil Deux-Montagnes garbage dump, which is located on Chemin des Sources. In 2006, Lachute expropriated land surrounding the dump. This was done to meet environmental standards and to ensure that no citizens would be disrupted by the dump.