Focus: Municipalities Grappling With Location Of Marijuana Facilities

CANADA:  The promise of a fledgling industry about to burst onto the Canadian scene has led many to startups lining up to cash in on green gold.

So far, Health Canada has issued 23 licences to companies wanting to develop medical marijuana production facilities in Canada of about 1,200 applications received in response to the federal marijuana for medical purposes regulations released last April. While some municipalities have been preparing to deal with the new industry, others are scrambling to decide how to respond.

Among the applicants is CEN Biotech Inc., a Canadian subsidiary of Creative Edge Nutrition Inc. It plans to go into medical marijuana production in Lakeshore, Ont.

Right across the country, several companies, some of them public, geared up at the starting line as they sought a federal licence to begin marijuana production under the new regime. But even before getting production licences, some have developed plans, purchased real estate, filed rezoning applications, and started building.