Strathcona County council has made a big change to their Land Use Bylaw to prepare for marijuana legalization.
The adjustment moves Agriculture, Intensive Horticulture from permitted use to discretionary use.
Now, Development Authority and Planning and Development can consider if what is being proposed for a site is compatible with what is around the site and apply conditions to address compatibility and the scale of the development.
The county considers medicinal cannabis growing and processing to fit within the Land Use Bylaw definition for Agriculture and Intensive Horticulture.
If the operation is approved by Strathcona County, they still must get approval and a license from the federal government before beginning production of marijuana.
More information on permits in Strathcona County are online.