March 4, 2019 - Defend Lakeport Letter to the Editor (Defend Lakeport Unhappy With Council Response)

On March 4, 2019, the Brighton Independent published a letter from Lakeport resident Femma Norton.  In the letter Ms Norton expresses dissatisfaction with the reaction and lack of response from Cramahe Council.  This is the text of the letter Defend Lakeport Letter to the Editor (Brighton Independent)  The document also includes a link to the online version of the letter.

March 3, 2019 Toronto Star Article - A Cannabis Factory, a Quiet Little Hamlet, and an Inconvenient Borderline

Toronto Feature writer Joseph Hall has written an article about the issues surrounding a cannabis production facility in the Hamlet of Lakeport.  While the reporter has done an excellent job of talking with the parties involved, somebody's lying. The question is "Who"? 

The only missing piece of the puzzle is Health Canada, and what they think of a Cannabis Production Facility in a residential Hamlet, with no municipal services, and roads that are less than adequate for heavy truck traffic.

The online version of the Star Article is available here 2019-03-03 Toronto Star Article - Cannabis Factory in Lakeport

This is a PDF version of the same article 2019-03-03 Toronto Star Article by Joseph Hall

February 24, 2019 - The Tale of Two Townships and a Pot Plant

Gritt Koehl has assembled a comprehensive summary of Sharpshooter's plans to put a cannabis production facility (CPF) in the Hamlet of Lakeport.  The report is presented in several parts that cover the history of Lakeport, the serious matter of putting a CPF in Lakeport, the opposition of local residents, a report by Alnwick/Haldimand's Senior Planner, and a discussin of the project in the context of common sense, respect and ethics.  Read the story here A Tale Of Two Townships and a Pot Plant

February 7, 2019 Defend Lakeport Delegation to Alnwick/Haldimand Council

The Defend Lakeport group came before Alnwick/Haldimand Council on February 7, 2019 with a delegation to express concerns about plans for a Cannabis Production Facility in the Hamlet of Lakeport.  The spokespeople were Gritt Koehl and Bill Gale. It was noted that most of the residents of Lakeport live in Alnwick/Haldimand but Alnwick/Haldimand Council was not consulted by Sharpshooter.  Furthermore the Sharpshooter property straddles the Township boundary line and the zoning is different in the two Municipalities.  The zoning in A/H does not allow a Cannabis Production Facility.

This is the Powerpoint Presentation Defend Lakeport Delegation

The text of the presentation is available here Text of Defend Lakeport Delegation

February 5, 2019 Defend Lakeport Delegation to Cramahe Council

The Defend Lakeport group came before Cramahe Council on February 5, 2019 with a delegation to express concerns about plans for a Cannabis Production Facility in the Hamlet of Lakeport.  The spokespeople were Gritt Koehl and Bill Gale.

This is the Powerpoint Presentation Presentation on Lakeport Cannabis Facility

Read the text of the presentation here Text of Cannabis Facility Delegation

In addition the presenters submitted a "Cannabis Food Chain" document outlining the the licensing process works for medical marijuana users and licensed producers.  Read the document here Cannabis Food Chain

January 19, 2019 - Email to Cramahe and Alnwick/Haldimand Mayors re Spokesperson for Defend Lakeport

The email indicates that Gritt Koehl was appointed Spokesperson/Contact for Defend Lakeport.  This was done to streamline communications between Lakeport residents, Council members and other agencies, The email goes on to request that the letter of January 16, 2019 and the email of January 19, 2019 be added to the Cramahe Council-in-Committee agenda of January 22, 2019.  This request was denied by CAO Craig Brooks.  You can read the email here Email to Mayors Logel and Martin

January 18, 2019 - Compilation of Facebook Posts Re the Sharpshooter Cannabis Facility

All the Facebook posts regarding the Sharpshooter Cannabis Facility in Lakeport have been combined to provide a historical perspective on how the matter was introduced to Council and how things evolved to the present day.  It is recommended that this compilation be read in the context of the audio from the Council meeting on February 6, 2018.  It is available below.  Compilation of Facebook Posts Re Sharpshooter

January 16, 2019 - Letter to Alnwick/Haldimand and Cramahe Councils Re Sharpshooter

In light of Lakeport resident concerns and the fact that Sharpshooter is continuing to work on the Lakeport property without an approved site plan, a letter was written to Alnwick/Haldimand and Cramahe Council members to challenge the location of a Cannabis facility in the Hamlet of Lakeport.  The letter is available here Letter to AH & Cramahe Councils

January 6, 2019 - John Campbell Article: Lakeport Cannabis Facility Under Scrutiny

You can read John Campbell's news article here Lakeport Facility Under Scrutiny

September 21, 2018 Sharpshooter Industries Back In The News

Cecilia Nasmith in an article for Northumberland 89.7 reported that "A home grown cannabis oil production facility will soon open in Lakeport" The article goes on to state "The Sharpshooter company ... has purchased the old Anamet building ... at 118 County Road 31 ...  Sharpshooter took ownership Sept. 10".  Read the full article here Cecelia Nasmith Article

Bill Hornbostel wrote an article for Cramahe Now indicating that the facility at 118 County Road 31 "would be up and running in a few months growing cannabis and processing cannabis oils"  "Sharpshooter is licensed by Health Canada to grow and sell cannabis and process cannabis oil for the medical market"  Read the full article here Cramahe Now Article

Concerns about this facility were previously documented here Lakeport - Proposed Marijuana Facility

In response to the concerns about marijuana facilities being built in an uncontrolled fashion Cramahe Council passed an interim bylaw Interim By-Law.  This bylaw established a one year moratorium on new marijuana facilities to allow the Township to put the necessary regulatory controls in place.  Here is an article on the bylaw by John Campbell John Cambell Article

This brings us to the current situation. Contrary to recent claims, Sharpshooter is NOT licensed "to grow and sell cannabis and process cannabis oil for the medical market"  The company may have a license pending but unlike FV Pharma in Cobourg, Sharpshooter is certainly NOT a licensed business at this time.  They claim that they have received a "Continuation Letter" from Health Canada.

Here is the Health Canada website that lists all the current licensed facilities Health Canada Licensed Marijuana Facilities

Today's announcement by Sharpshooter seems to fly in the face of Cramahe's Interim By-Law covering marijuana facilities.  Any modifications to the Lakeport facility would presumably be subject to the moratorium imposed by the Interim bylaw.

April 17, 2018 - Cramahe Council Meeting

One Year Moratorium On Marijuana Production

Council unanimously passed a by-law stipulating that no existing facilities or lands within the township could be applied for/used for marijuana production. Cramahe Staff is undertaking a review/study of the implications that these types of facilities would have within the township. Thank you Cramahe!

February 16, 2018 Email to Mayors of Alnwick/Haldimand Brighton and Cramahe

Following the Cramahe Council meeting that dealt with a letter from the Baldwin legal firm (representing Sharpshooter Inc), an email was sent to the Mayors and the CAOs of Alnwick/Haldimand, Brighton and Cramahe expressing concerns about a proposal to put a Cannabis Production Facility in a Hamlet area such as Lakeport February 16, 2018 Email to Mayors

February 6, 2018 - Sharpshooter Inc Proposal for Medical Marijuana Facility in Lakeport

Sharpshooter Inc sent a letter to Cramahe Township stating their intent to purchase an existing factory in Lakeport (118 County Rd 30).  Their plan is to convert the factory into a licensed medical marijuana production facility.  The solicitors for Sharpshooter were asking for confirmation that the Township by-laws would allow such a facility in that location.  This raises a number of concerns that need to be addressed by Cramahe Township before approving such a facility.  Based on what we know about this operation, the Lakeport location has too many drawbacks. If Council wants to allow Sharpshooter to build, they should make them go to the Industrial Park. That move makes the most sense, as it would bring more revenue to the township through sale of land, etc.  Details of this proposal are provided in this document Lakeport - Proposed Marijuana Facility

An audio recording of Sharpshooter segment of the February 6, 2018 Council meeting is available here