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City of Vernon investigates odor complaints from commercial cannabis grows

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Regulatory compliance officers in Vernon are following up on the odor problem.

At their regular meeting on Monday, Vernon City Council will receive an update on commercial marijuana cultivation that has been the source of many complaints.

The licensed commercial cannabis production facility is located in a light industrial area at Block 1700 of Kosmina Road.

The report states that compliance with the law has received 23 complaints from area residents since January 17 regarding the intermittent smell of cannabis from the facility.

Administrators work with facility management to bring the facility into compliance with zoning regulations that do not allow permitted use of the property to create odor, glare, or nuisance noise.

“The facility is regulated by Health Canada and is subject to cannabis law and regulations,” a report to the council states.

“The production facility is currently upgrading its air filtration system to mitigate cannabis odor to ensure it complies with Health Canada’s odor control requirements for indoor commercial production of cannabis under the Cannabis Regulations.”

The report goes on to say on May 18, the facility manager indicated that upgrades to the air purification system would be installed on June 10 and the facility’s filters would be changed regularly. Regulations compliance continues to monitor the situation, and in the event that the filtration system is not effectively upgraded to address cannabis odor concerns, bylaws compliance will continue to progressively implement zoning regulations.

The issue was reported to Health Canada for follow-up and city officials asked to update a file from Health Canada Compliance and Enforcement to ensure internal commercial production complies with cannabis odor control requirements in accordance with the Cannabis Regulations.

Complainants were also encouraged to consider reporting their concerns to Health Canada’s online complaints system for follow-up through Health Canada’s Compliance and Enforcement.

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