OLIVER PAIPOONGE, Ont. -- An industrial park in Oliver Paipoonge could get a little more green if a local company gets its license to produce medical marijuana.
Bryfam Enterprises approached Oliver Paipoonge council in May to let the municipality know their plans to apply for a license under the federal marijuana for medical purposes regulation, one of many companies across Canada looking to become a producer.
Mayor Lucy Kloosterhuis said the request caught council by surprise.
"We didn't seem to have a problem with it we just had never thought of anything like that being in our municipality," she said.
After council's many questions were answered, mainly on security concerns, Kloosterhuis said that the business is a good fit for the municipality's Rubin Industrial Park expansion.
And it's a quiet, clean use of some of the land there. IF the license is successful, council will have to add medical marijuana producer to its industrial uses in municipal zoning bylaws. That will also mean a public meeting. But Kloosterhuis said it shouldn't be a problem.
"For us it's just a waiting game until it gets approved," she said.
The license allows companies to buy seeds, grow plants, dry them, destroy them and sell, ship and transport marijuana.
Kloosterhuis said Bryfam told council that no sales would be done on the property and that product would be locked in a safe every night and monitored by a security system.