Medical marijuana growing facilities denied by Kingsville council
Residents crowd Kingsville council chambers regarding marijuana facilities in Kingsville, Ont., on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (Zander Broeckel / AM800 News)
Published Wednesday, October 10, 2018 10:54AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 10, 2018 5:25PM EDT
Kingsville council has denied applications by three medical marijuana growing facilities after residents voiced their concerns.
AM800 News reports hundreds of residents turned out to Tuesday’s council night to voice their opposition to the proposed facilities.
Some of the concerns included odour, bright lights and the potential impact on property values.
The most attention seemed was for an application by Coppola Farms on Road 2 E across from Kingsville's arena and sportsplex.
That application and two others were ultimately denied by council.
Tony Coppola, the vice president of Coppola Farms, says the town has already approved nine other similar applications. He’s concerned council is not creating a level playing field.
"Let's not sugarcoat anything. There's an election coming up. When half of your town shows up to a council meeting, who is going to be the first one to raise their hand and say, "Yes, we welcome this", when 500 people are standing outside and inside waiting for them to make a decision? Which, obviously, the decision they all wanted was no" says Coppola.
Coppola says he plans to appeal the decision.
Three other medical marijuana applications on Tuesday night's council agenda were deferred.