February 14, 2020 "Consider This" Interview With Gritt Koehl

Robert Washburn's interview with Gritt Koehl was broadcast on Northumberland 89.7 radio on February 14, 2020.  In his introduction to the interview Washburn states "It is said, one grain of rice can tip a scale. Citizen activist Gritt Koehl is living proof. For many years she has lobbied, protested and held municipal politicians to account in Cramahe Township, as well as in Alnwick-Haldimand and Brighton. In this interview, we discuss the Sharpshooter proposal for a cannabis plant in Lakeport (a fight that drew headlines as far away as Toronto). She also talks about grow ops in rural areas, a proposal to create a Muslim cemetery and lots more".  Listen to the interview here

Natalie Hamilton (a reporter for the Brighton Independent) wrote an article about the Cramahe Council meeting referenced in the above interview.  Read the story here Natalie Hamilton Article 

January 16, 2020 - Mandy Martin Interview on Cramahe Issues Such as Sharpshooter

Rob Washburn interviewed Cramahe Mayor Martin on January 10, 2020.  The interview covered various topics including Sharpshooter, illegal grow-ops, sewer capacity, staffing, BCCC, etc. There were lots of good things in that interview.  You can listen to the January 10, 2020 "Consider This" podcast here


It was of concern to hear Mayor Martin dismiss Lakeport residents' concerns about the proposed Sharpshooter Cannabis Production Facility (CPF) and ignore two years of work by citizens protesting the Lakeport site.  It is so much more than odour, traffic and fear of the unknown.  The Lakeport residents (Defend Lakeport) have spent the better part of two years doing Delegations to both Alnwick/Haldimand and Cramahe Councils, and have written numerous letters to Health Canada, the Police Services Board and the Townships of A/H & Cramahe expressing concern about the proposal.

Here is the most recent communication to Cramahe Council and Staff.  In it Defend Lakeport strongly disagrees with Cramahe Council’s decision to give Sharpshooter a pass on the proposed amendments to the zoning bylaws that would preclude a Cannabis Production Facility in Lakeport.  It is inappropriate to "grandfather" something that hasn't even been established.  Defend Lakeport Submission

September 20, 2019 - Sharpshooter Continues To Mislead

In the ongoing effort to monitor what was happening with Sharpshooter's activities in Lakeport, a resident reported that 2 pictures showing company representatives posing with members of Alnwick/Haldimand and Cramahe Councils were posted on the Sharpshooter website.  The post falsely claimed support from both Councils for Sharpshooter's efforts to site a Cannabis Production Facility in Lakeport.  These are screen captures from the website Sharpshooter Website Pictures.

This prompted Defend Lakeport to send a terse email to both Councils questioning what was going on.  Had Council misled them?  2019-09-18 Email to A/H and Cramahe Councils

The Mayors did not respond directly but Cramahe Mayor Mandy Martin posted the following information on her Facebook page.  2019-09-18 Mayor Martin Facebook Post

Shortly thereafter the pictures were removed.  2019-09-20 CCA Facebook Post Announcing Removal of Pictures

Sharpshooter also took the opportunity to remove false and misleading statements about the company having a license from Health Canada or having applied for a license from Health Canada.

September 3, 2019 - Defend Lakeport's Delegation to Cramahe Council

Femma Norton and Gritt Koehl appeared before Council continuing the efforts to encourage Cramahe to enact a responsible by-law to control cannabis cultivation and/or production in the Township of Cramahe.  Here is a link to the presentation:

Defend Lakeport Delegation

Numerous residents, from both Cramahe and Alnwick/Haldimand townships, were in attendance to express their concerns over grow-ops operating illegally and having a tremendous negative impact on their quality of life, health & well-being.  Residents are demanding that local governments take a firm stand and do something about it.  Illegal is illegal, and Councils and Law Enforcement need to act accordingly.

Excuses by elected officials abound, and the OPP have their own too, but it is becoming increasingly urgent that the authorities steadfastly work together to combat the growing epidemic of illegal grow-ops.

One of the excuses frequently used is that of ‘privacy’ issues.  The Cannabis Act specifically provides for law enforcement AND municipalities to be able to access information on Medical Certificates through Health Canada, whether it is for the purpose of confirming compliance, or to determine if an operation is legal. That information does not disclose the reason for a Medical Certificate, however the address where growing is permitted and the number of plants allowed, is accessible by the authorities.

There are two basic reasons for authorities’ reluctance to act – MONEY and SAFETY.  Regardless, citizens should not be held hostage in their own communities by unscrupulous criminals. Tough times call for tough measures.  The Federal Government needs to step up as well with funding to assist local authorities to clean up the mess they created in the first place!

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