• John Jantak

Vaudreuil-Dorion will close unauthorized cannabis grow-up in commercial zone


Vaudreuil-Dorion council unanimously endorsed a resolution at the Monday evening council meeting on September 3 to close a cannabis grow-op that is operating illegally in an undisclosed commercial zone in the city.

A cannabis grow-op was unanimously nixed by Vaudreuil-Dorion council after it was discovered the facility was operating in an undisclosed commercial zone close to a residential area. The decision to close the grow-op was made at the Tuesday evening council meeting on September 3.

According to Mayor Guy Pilon, the city never received a formal application that would have allowed the facility to operate. Even then, the application would have been rejected because the business was operating in a commercial area close to nearby residences.

Industrial zones only

“We didn’t know about it. Someone made a complaint and we went to check it out. That’s when we realized there was a cannabis growing business there. They did it without our permission,” Pilon told The Journal.

Municipal regulations allow for marijuana grow-ops to operate in the city only in designated industrial zones located away from residential areas. To date, there are no cannabis growing facilities in the city. A facility has been proposed for the former Future Electronics building, said Pilon.

“I don’t think they are growing anything there right now because they don’t have any official papers to proceed. It’ll be a place where they will grow marijuana for medical and scientific purposes,” said Pilon.

Agricultural land set aside for cannabis

While there are no official indoor grow-ops yet, the city has received a request to set aside at least 500 acres of agricultural land in different areas to be used for cultivating cannabis. There has been no word yet from federal authorities as to when the outdoor cultivation will begin or where they will be located, said Pilon.

“We will have no choice except to allow the growing of cannabis in agricultural zones,” said Pilon. “We’re just waiting to receive the approval from the federal government before it goes ahead. It’s agricultural land and marijuana is considered an agricultural product so we cannot say no. But at least it will be away from residential zones.”

There has also been no word as to whether a Société québécoise du Cannabis (SQDC) retail outlet that had been proposed for a commercial sector of the city when the sale of marijuana became legal across Canada last October will eventually open.

Residents finally receive potable water

Residents who live in the communities of Hudson Acres, Tree Farms and Ritchie finally have potable tap water for consumption. After waiting almost four years, work that began early this year to connect the area’s water supply to the city’s main water supply was finally completed about three weeks ago, said Mayor Pilon.

“Everything is open now,” he said. “The residents are receiving water from the city’s water plant. Everything seems to be fine so far. We’ll see at the end of one year what the consumption is like. People can now use that water for drinking and we don’t have to provide them with bottled water anymore. Everything is fixed and we hope for the best.”

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