The longtime agricultural land defender said he's concerned that putting high tech pot farms on agricultural land could be a precedent letting pharmaceutical firms whose products often also originate from plants also set up on farmland.
The strategy of several Lower Mainland cities to steer new medical marijuana growers to industrial areas may backfire, one mayor fears, opening up a property tax dodge for pot producers to exploit.
While some cities have sought to ban commercial pot growing entirely, several others are limiting it to industrial land only, so the facilities aren't built on productive farmland.
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That might mean a $1 million parcel of industrial land that might normally generate around $110,000 a year in property tax might instead pay just $25,000 if it hosts a pot farm blowing a hole in municipal budgets.
"There's potential there for lost revenues," said Daykin, who raised the issue March 7 at Metro Vancouver's regional planning committee and asked staff to investigate further.
assessment all of a sudden devalued if it becomes assessed at the agricultural rate."
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It's part of the federal government's move to outlaw home growing of medical pot as of April 1 in favour of large scale commercial production, which is to be tightly regulated.
"We've banned it going onto farmland because we don't want factories on farmland," Steves said. "These are not farms, they're not even greenhouses and they should pay industrial taxes."
"If you allowed the marijuana research facilities to go on farmland why not Pfizer and Bayer and all the others?" Steves asked. "We'd have all these medical factories on farmland paying farm taxes. And it opens up a huge question as to the viability of Omega Seamaster 600 Manual Wind agriculture for farming."
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Richmond has a medical marijuana research facility on industrial land that's now seeking a commercial production production licence, but Coun. Harold Steves said operator MediJean agreed not to convert the property to farm tax assessment.
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