Citizens Protecting Agricultural Land, or CPAL, is a community group whose common goal is to protect prime farmland in British Columbia’s Agricultural Land Reserve from marijuana grow-ops.
· Prime farmland in BC’s Agricultural Land Reserve is under immediate threat from large-scale industrial grow-ops. As the date for legalization of marijuana approaches, the marijuana ‘Gold Rush’ on prime farmland will accelerate. Prime farmland lost to the marijuana industry cannot be recovered for traditional food crops.
· Industrial grow-ops on prime farmland make the land unsuitable and unavailable for traditional food crops. Grow-ops don’t require farmland. The greenhouses cover the soil with concrete, destroying the agricultural value of the land. Grow-ops displace traditional food crops and may increase the price of agricultural properties. They should be located on land that has no food-producing value, such as industrial sites.
· Grow-ops on prime farmland threaten local food security. Local food security is a concern to all British Columbians. We must act NOW to protect local food security for future generations of British Columbians.
· Say ‘STOP NOW – No marijuana grow-ops on prime farmland!’ Sign CPAL’s Petition and write to the BC Minister of Agriculture. This will send a strong, unified message to the BC government that we need to put local food security ahead of the interests of the marijuana industry, before any more prime farmland is lost.
Be part of our campaign. Say ‘STOP NOW – No marijuana grow-ops on prime farmland.’
· Sign the Petition (see the links to petition and instructions below) AND
· Write to BC’s Minister of Agriculture
Send a strong message to the BC government that we need to put local food security ahead of the interests of the marijuana industry, before any more prime farmland is lost.