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Environmental decision on proposed Clarenville medical cannabis facility due July 19

72 Marine Drive may become the site of a medical cannabis facility
72 Marine Drive may become the site of a medical cannabis facility - Mark Squibb

Operation and security will adhere to the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations.

CLARNEVILLE, N.L.— Municipal Affairs and Environment Minister Andrew Parsons will have just over a month to make a decision on a Clarenville medical marijuana facility proposed by Ralph Duffitt.

According to a bulletin issued by the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment today, June 7, the project has been registered for an environmental assessment.

As previously reported by The Packet, the Clarenville businessman has filed an application with Health Canada for a license to grow and produce medical marijuana at 72 Marine Dr.

According to the release from Municipal Affairs and Environment, the 13,200 square foot building will be renovated and retrofitted “for the hydroponic production of medical marijuana.”

“Grow rooms will be climate controlled and exhaust systems will be installed with special commercial air filters and scrubbers that prevent odours, fumes, and pollen from escaping,” the release reads.

The release noted that operation and security will adhere to the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations.

The location is the current location of My Rec Room, a bar owned and operated by Duffitt.

The town has approved the operation.

Duffitt has also submitted to The Packet a Public Notice stating that 72 Marine Dr. has qualified as cannabis retailer.

Public comments for the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment may be forwarded to EAprojectcomments@gov.nl.ca, and are due July 12. Parsons has until July 19 to make his decision.

Correction- An earlier version of this story indicated the operation was still awaiting approval from the Town of Clarenville.

Mark.squibb@thepacket.ca

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