Local and First Nations governments have been given the power to ban marijuana production in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) within their communities if certain rules are not followed.
The new framework allows local and First Nations governments to make decisions regarding cannabis production that align with local planning and priorities in their communities.
They can ban industrial-style, cannabis-production bunkers on ALR land.
But they can't shut down marijuana that's grown in an open field, in a structure that has a soil base, or in a structure that was either fully or partially constructed prior to today.
Despite the new framework, the province says there is no biological difference between a cannabis plant grown for medical or for non-medical purposes.
Merritt Fire Rescue Department on pace for another record year of call outs.
Through six-months, Chief David Tomkinson says members have responded to 386 call for service.
At this point, he wouldn't be surprised if they eclipsed 800 call outs this year.
"We are training more. Of course, there are some BC Firefighting minimum training standards that we meet for the firefighting aspect of the job. But, we are also training for first responder medical calls, rope rescue calls, and auto extraction calls. So, our job, and job duties have increased over the years because that is what is required of us. Someone has to provide those types of services."
Since the Merritt Fire Rescue Department switched to the Elink software dispatch service at the end of 2015, call outs have increased substantially, setting new records in both 2016 and 2017.