Matsqui First Nation plans to build a greenhouse operation on a 20-acre farm parcel on Bateman Road. Tyler Olsen/Abbotsford News

Matsqui First Nation considering marijuana at new greenhouse operation

A greenhouse operation slated for Bateman Road, near Highway 11, may be used to grow marijuana

A greenhouse operation slated for a 20-acre farm parcel on Bateman Road might be used to grow medical marijuana – but there are still hurdles to be cleared, and the project is not finalized.

Matsqui First Nation plans to build greenhouses on land it controls at the junction of Bateman Road and Highway 11. Speaking for Matsqui, Brenda Morgan said no final decision has been reached and there are two possibilities at the moment, one of which would be the growing of medical marijuana.

Morgan told The News that the First Nation is “leaning” toward trying to grow marijuana at the site. She said Matsqui “might be applying for a licence,” but it’s unclear whether it would obtain permission to grow at the site.

“It’s not that we’re just growing marijuana; we want to get into a market that seems to be thriving,” Morgan told The News. “We have been in a position where we might be applying for a licence. We don’t know if we’re going to be approved; hence, we don’t know what’s going in there yet.”

Morgan said Matsqui First Nation has received a pair of proposals for the property.

Fill has been deposited on the site to prepare it for greenhouse construction, and the First Nation is preparing to lay a road on the property.

“Matsqui First Nation, as a government, has been really trying to utilize our 20 acres over there for many years now and our entire goal is to make sure we take care of everybody around us and we are moving as slow as possible,” Morgan said.

The property sits across Bateman Road from Willband Creek Park, which is designed as a stormwater detention facility, in part because of its low-lying nature. Morgan said First Nation knows the property is also susceptible to flooding.

“It’s definitely very, very, very wet land,” she said. “We’re definitely aware of the fish-bearing streams. That’s not something Matsqui is new to. We are definitely aware of the fish-bearing streams and the environmental laws of the province.”

Several other operators around Abbotsford have applied to grow marijuana on farmland.

The city has indicated that it wants to restrict new marijuana grow sites as much as agriculture guidelines allow. As a First Nation reserve, the Bateman Road property is not a piece of the City of Abbotsford, nor is it governed by rules that apply to Agricultural Land Reserve.

RELATED: Three applications submitted to grow pot in farmland buildings

RELATED: Abbotsford hopes to restrict new marijuana grow applications

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email:
tolsen@abbynews.com


@ty_olsen
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sex offender charged again less than two months after prison release

Taylor Dueck, who was living in Mission, has history of sex assaults in Abbotsford

Cop who lives in Mission awarded almost $3.2 million for 2 car crashes

Jeffery Neufeldt was injured on the job in collisions in 2013 and 2016

Charity website hopes to help Abbotsford food bank

Residents urged to post their stuff for sale and donate proceeds

Social media a blessing and a curse during time of crisis: B.C. communication expert

‘In moments of crisis, fear is very real and palpable,’ says SFU’s Peter Chow-White

Abbotsford Triathlon Club staying fit in COVID-19 era

ATC members using virtual reality training, social media and solo races to keep in shape

B.C. records first at-home death from COVID-19, but 70+ hospital patients have recovered

Total of 970 novel coronavirus cases in B.C., with the majority in the Lower Mainland area

Helping those at risk, one piece of paper at a time through ‘isolation communication’

Simple paper tool during pandemic making its way across Canada thanks to social media.

‘Back to school, in a virtual way’ for B.C. students in COVID-19 pandemic

Province adds online resources to help parents at home

Canadian COVID-19 round-up: Air Canada cuts 15,000 jobs, 90% of flights

Comprehensive Canadian news update as of 2:30 p.m., Monday, March 30.

Pay parking suspended at B.C. hospitals due to COVID-19

Temporary free parking reduces need for keypads, contact

Canada expands 75% wage subsidy to COVID-19 affected businesses of all sizes: Trudeau

Program will provide up to $847 per week for each worker

Canadian ferry operators call for inclusion in COVID-19 travel restrictions

Domestic travel restrictions should include ferries, operators say

Snowfall warning in effect for Coquihalla Highway

Total accumulations of up to 25 cm can be expected by this evening

Cruise ships, one with COVID-19 on board, carry Canadians covertly through Panama Canal

Zaandam, Rotterdam pass through canal under cover of darkness in face of local protests

Most Read