Brighton council wants to hear from their staff before giving their blessing on a proposed medical marijuana facility north of the municipality.
They heard a delegation from Stephen Barber about constructing a 50,000 square foot facility east of Hwy. 30 and north of the 401.
Barber says Great Lakes Cannabis Corporation would be growing marijuana on the premises.
Mayor Mark Walas says they need to do their due diligence and says there are more questions to ask and more information to be gathered before they make any decisions.
The facility would be located on approximately 50 acres of land that is currently already zoned agricultural says Barber, and he and his partners have owned it since 1994.
Walas says there is one thing he does want made known.
Barber says he will employ local residents during the construction of the facility as well as to work in the facility itself. He says there could be up to 400 people working in the facility depending on the expansion of the plant.
Council recommended Barber get in touch with staff to work on the site plan which would then appear in front of council for approval at a later date.
Barber says they will go above and beyond the Health Canada regulations when it comes to things like security. He says they will be surrounded by a tree line as to not be seen, as well as constructing a 10 foot fence with an additional two feet of barbed wire. He also said they will have 220 cameras on site, which is above the required 180.
If approved, Barber says they’d begin construction in the spring.
In camera, council also discussed a potential sale of land in the Brighton East Industrial Park to another company interested in producing medical marijuana.