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No negative feedback on pot facility, MD says

July 11, 2016 11:30 A.M.

There has been no negative feedback over a medical marijuana growing facility proposed on Dallas Road, the proponent says.

Dr. Richard Brownlee, a Kamloops neurosurgeon who runs a back pain management clinic downtown, is president of KamCan Products. He’s written to City council, inviting them to tour the site at 8170 Dallas Dr., where he hopes to see construction of the facility once Health Canada approval is obtained.

In an update on the project, Brownlee said he hopes to obtain a letter of support from council for “this new and promising industry.” The city stands to gain from revenue and employment with an estimated payroll of five to 10 workers, he noted.

Brownlee said demand for medical cannabis has grown significantly in recent years, and it’s considered a safe alternative to illicit and addictive painkillers.

The physician told CBC Kamloops in an interview Monday that there has been no local objection to the project to date. He's currently awaiting confirmation of a pre-licensing inspection.

The proposal last went before City council last fall as a rezoning application, which was swiftly approved after a public hearing in which no objections were raised. A new zoning framework established in 2013 for medical growing facilities, prepared after the Conservative government brought in new rules, cleared the way for the project.


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