BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: The safety of medical marijuana growers in Scugog will soon be a priority to the Township and Durham Regional Police Service, according to councillors.
A decision was made to advise the DRPS of medical marijuana applications sent to the Scugog Township, at council's meeting on the evening of Monday, May 12.
Whether or not the grower's application is refused or accepted by Health Canada – Mayor Chuck Mercier believes it is important to notify local law enforcement, for the safety of all Scugog residents.
"I like to compare medical marijuana to the gun-registry and alcohol licensing," said Mayor Mercier. "We notify the police and any local groups involved, to gather their thoughts and comments – and let the DRPS know that an individual will have a commodity in their home."
With multiple applications for medical marijuana facilities in Scugog in the last three months, Mayor Mercier believes that working with local law enforcement is an important measure against potential break-ins, robbery, and other associated crimes.
"We're seeing more and more of these applications, and most come with an extensive security plan," said Mayor Mercier. "Still, this crop is very valuable – both locally and internationally. With marijuana a major factor in crime syndicates, we need to keep our screens and filters in place to maintain safety."
In recognition of recent changes in Medical Marijuana laws by Health Canada, Scugog Township is engaging in an effort to stay ahead of the curve.
"We need to face the fact that we have, and are going to have, such sites in Scugog," said Ward 1 Councillor Larry Corrigan. "It's important to work closely with all parties involved."