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Clarenville-based medical marijuana facility passes environmental assessment with conditions

72 Marine Drive may become the site of a medical cannabis facility
Ralph Duffitt of C&K Rentals Ltd. is planning to operate a medical marijuana facility at his building located at 72 Marine Dr. in Clarenville. - Mark Squibb




The provincial government has released a proposed medical marijuana facility in Clarenville from further environmental assessment with some stipulations attached.

Ralph Duffitt of C&K Rentals Ltd. is planning to renovate and retrofit his 13,200-square-foot building at 72 Marine Dr. for the operation.

As The Packet previously reported, the Clarenville businessman has filed an application with Health Canada for a license to grow and produce medical marijuana at the location.

The Town of Clarenville has approved the operation.

One of the conditions put in place by the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment requires the submission and approval of a comprehensive waste management plan to the pollution prevention division prior to the introduction of cannabis to the facility.

As well, a women’s employment plan for the project must be submitted to and approved by the Women’s Policy Office prior to construction. During the tendering process, contracted companies must be informed a women’s employment plan is a requirement of successful bidding.

The final condition requires the submission of a land use impact assessment for consideration to the department’s local governance and planning division prior to any renovation/construction, detailing the appearance of the production facility and site design.

That includes physical security requirements; compatibility with surrounding land uses; potential for increased traffic, noise, odour, fumes, and dust; impacts of additional lighting, signage, and parking requirements; as well as any conditions imposed by Health Canada.

Development approval by the Town of Clarenville must also be provided, including all public notices. The documentation should demonstrate compliance with the town’s municipal plan and development regulations.

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