Zoning for medical marijuana grow operations to change

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Kamloops city council has voted to have a public hearing on changing city bylaws regarding medical marijuana grow operations. If approved the change would restrict legal grow operations to general or heavy industrial areas. Councillors Nelly Dever and Tina Lange opposed the move. Council's decision comes ahead of expected changes by the the federal government that would restrict the production of medical marijuana to non residential areas. It is unclear what type of enforcement the city would legally be able to carry out if the zoning change is approved. No date has been set for the public hearing.

New festival gets Kamloops city councils backing

Kamloops city council has voted to provide up to 75 thousand dollars towards the creation of a new signature summer event. The Kamloops Thrive festival will include everything from music to cooking classes. B.C. Living Arts artistic director Alan Corbishley made the pitch for the money so he could begin booking artists and getting the festival rolling. Council voted 7 to 3 in favour of providing the money. The festival is slated for June 21 to 23 and would primarily take place at Thompson Rivers university. For more information click here

B.C. Budget update not looking good

Finance Minister Mike de Jong is expected to reveal details of the province's economic status Wednesday. The information is part of the second-quarter economic update, and Premier Christy Clark says the picture doesn't look very pretty. Clark says global economic uncertainty has put huge pressures on the province's commodity prices and those numbers have certainly affected the budget.

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