Legal Marijuana Facility Set To Open in Calgary – CTV News

The location of a legal cannabis production facility in Calgary is one step closer to production.

Bloom Cultivation has plans to convert a warehouse on 30 Street S.E. into a large-scale marijuana production facility.

Commercial growers are the only legal way to obtain medical marijuana since Health Canada ended its regulated residential grow program in 2014. However, a court injunction is allowing home-based growers to continue.

All too often, licensed growers broke the rules and their grow ops were shut down by the city. Wayne Brown, the City of Calgary’s safety response team coordinator says a home is never a good place for a grow op.

“When you put the number of plants that are permitted under that medical marijuana license, there’s all sorts of issues,” says Brown, “Obviously structural; the building takes a beating because of the humidity and the growth of mould.”

Where Calgary could, it used the building code to shut down licensed grow ops that weren’t following the rules.  The city has condemned 32 homes. Many sit vacant and derelict.

Councillor Diane Colley-Urquhart applauds the move to licensed commercial growers and says Health Canada should be responsible to clean up some of the mess from its mishandled residential grow program.

“Health Canada and the Government of Canada’s handling of this whole thing has quite frankly been a disaster.”

Bloom Cultivation still has a number of regulatory guidelines to meet before it can begin production at its Calgary facility.

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Two Calgary Companies Hope to Grow Medical Marijuana – Global News

CALGARY – A Calgary company wants to be among the first commercial medical marijuana growers, amid a revamp of the medical marijuana system.

The federal government will no longer allow medical marijuana to be grown in homes starting on March 31, 2014.

Due to the change, Health Canada is in the process of reviewing dozens of applications from companies across the country who want to help supply an estimated 50,000 patients with the drug.

Bloom Cultivation is one of two Calgary companies who have applied to Health Canada in hopes of becoming commercial growers of medical marijuana.

The owners plan to retrofit a building in the Foothills Industrial Park, and say they are expecting a ‘ready to build’ notice soon from the federal government.

City officials are in the process of outlining land use bylaws for the sites.

“There aren’t many problems that we anticipate with these facilities because they are similar to what’s happening in an industrial area anyways,” explains Salma Mohiuddin with the City of Calgary’s Development and Building Approvals.

It’s thought they would only be built in industrial areas, and would have to employ special security.

Officials say they would also keep the sites away from nearby homes, and wouldn’t be able to share space with other businesses because of odour issues.

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