During the Regular Committee of the Whole Meeting held 2019-JAN-28 Councillor Bonner advised that at a future meeting of Council he would be bringing forward the following motion for consideration:
"WHEREAS the Agricultural Land Commission Act states "farm use" means an occupation or use of land for farm purposes, including farming of land, plants and animals and any other similar activity designated as farm use by regulation, and includes a farm operation as defined in the Farm Practices Protection (Right to Farm) Act;
AND WHEREAS the Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulation (the ALR Regulation) has differentiated the lawful production of cannabis from other “farm use” by limiting the structures for production, and narrowing the definition of ‘necessary’ activities under section 2(3), unlike any other crop in British Columbia:
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the AVICC request the provincial government to amend the ALR Regulation in order to clarify the interpretation of section 2(2.5) of the ALR Regulation regarding the lawful production of cannabis “inside a structure (a) that has a base consisting entirely of soil”, and clarify that when producing cannabis in a greenhouse, it has the same meaning as “Greenhouse” under section 2(o)(i) of the Regulation. Circumscribing cannabis production in structures that are lawful by regulation for all other crops, may not withstand judicial review.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the AVICC request the provincial government to amend the ALR Regulation section 2(2.5) to resemble something like the following:
(2.5) The lawful production of cannabis is designated as farm use for the purposes of the Act if produced outdoors in a field or inside a structure
(a) which has a base consisting entirely of soil, and
(i) that is moveable in nature; or
(ii) on a helical pile foundation; or
(iii) whose base does not create irreversible damage to the soil."