Langley mayor Jack Froese and his counterparts in Abbotsford

Anti-marijuana mayors press agriculture minister to declare himself

Langley, Abbotsford, Delta and Kelowna are required to get provincial approval before they can ban medicinal marijuana on farmland

Langley mayor Jack Froese, Abbotsford  Mayor Bruce Banman, Delta mayor Lois Jackson and Kelowna mayor Walter Gray have sent a joint letter urging provincial agriculture minister Pat Pimm to say if he supports or opposes a ban on medical marijuana production on protected farm land.

The four municipalities are required by law to get provincial approval for any regulations that might affect farming within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) inside their borders.

The letter signed by all four mayors says they have a “collective desire to prohibit establishment of medical marijuana operations in agricultural areas” and asks the minister what his intentions are.

“We would appreciate knowing your position with respect to our request,” the letter reads.

The minister has so far refused to reveal whether he supports such restrictions, but the provincial agricultural land commission, which controls the ALR as an arms-length provincial government entity, has said medicinal marijuana would be considered a “permitted farm use.”

In the Township of Langley, at least one commercial greenhouse grower within its boundaries has begun cultivating medical marijuana to prepare for new federal regulations that will, next year, switch production from hundreds of small grow operations to a smaller number of bigger facilities.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Langley Coldest Night walk does well despite snow

Walk for homeless likely to acheive financial goal despite poor weather, organizer says

VIDEO: Snow Day in the Langleys

Digging out after heavy snowfall

Spartans tame WolfPack, through to semifinals

Trinity Western wins best-of-three series after back-to-back wins at Langley Events Centre

VIDEO: Snowfall’s timing perfect for young sledders

Langley kids made the most of a district-wide pro-d day on Friday

Walnut Grove liquor store move turned down by council

For the second time since December, council has voted against the plan.

President praises nearly 1,800 volunteers at B.C. Games

Ashley Wadhwani sits down with the Kamloops 2018 B.C. Winter Games President Niki Remesz

The way government learn someone has died is getting a digital overhaul

Governments in Canada turned to private consultants 2 years ago to offer blueprint

Bobsleigh team misses Olympic medal finish

Canadian team finishes four-man event 0.84 seconds behind first place, 0.31 seconds from podium

B.C. Games: Athletes talk Team Canada at PyeongChang 2018

From Andi Naudie to Evan McEachran there’s an Olympian for every athlete to look up to

Snowboarders sliding into fresh territory at B.C. Games

Athletes hit the slopes for first appearance as an event at the B.C. Winter Games in Kamloops

Cariboo woman raises funds for Seizure Investigation Unit beds at VGH

VGH Foundation gets VCH approval to begin fundraising for SIU beds; local efforts are paying off

Looking back at the 1979 B.C. Games: Good memories, even better jackets

39 years later, Kamloops is hosting the Winter Games again, with some volunteers returning

OLYMPICS 101: Oldest and youngest Canadians to reach the podium

This year, Canada sent its most athletes in Winter Games history, here’s a look at record breakers

BCHL Today: Cowichan Caps play spoiler and Nanaimo wins 10th straight game

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Most Read