Harry and Meghan’s $18m luxury Vancouver Island home is surrounded by ‘potential weed farms’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are certainly poised to live the high life after quitting their royal duties, not only due to the millions they are set to rake in but because their Vancouver Island home is surrounded by ‘potential weed farms’, DailyMail.com can disclose. 

Just down the road from the $18 million rental they have been staying at, a disused chicken factory will soon be leased out to cannabis farmers.

But transforming a poultry plant is just the tip of the iceberg for British Columbia’s Saanich District, as entrepreneurs have been swarming the area ever since Canada legalized recreational cannabis in October 2018. 

The local council has recently created its own bylaws on non-medical cannabis, which means that anyone owning land in an ‘Agricultural Land Reserve’ (ALR) can not only grow and sell their own herbs, but open cannabis shops and ‘lounges’.

It means the Sussexes’ extravagant waterfront hideaway could be completely surrounded by farmers tending to cannabis crops.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are certainly poised to live the high life after quitting their royal duties, not only due to the millions they are set to rake in but because their Vancouver Island home is surrounded by ‘potential weed farms’, DailyMail.com can disclose

Just down the road from the $18 million rental (pictured) they have been staying at, a disused chicken factory will soon be leased out to cannabis farmers

Just down the road from the $18 million rental (pictured) they have been staying at, a disused chicken factory will soon be leased out to cannabis farmers

The local council has recently created its own bylaws on non-medical cannabis, which means that anyone owning land in an 'Agricultural Land Reserve' (ALR) can not only grow and sell their own herbs, but open cannabis shops and 'lounges'. Pictured: Map showing land that could be turned into cannabis farms and shops, as well as a cannabis factory that should be opening up

The local council has recently created its own bylaws on non-medical cannabis, which means that anyone owning land in an ‘Agricultural Land Reserve’ (ALR) can not only grow and sell their own herbs, but open cannabis shops and ‘lounges’. Pictured: Map showing land that could be turned into cannabis farms and shops, as well as a cannabis factory that should be opening up 

The Agricultural Land Commission map shows the area around Harry and Meghan’s property is dominated by ALR land, which has the potential to be turned into weed farms.

The Saanich District website states local laws ‘strictly prohibits cannabis lounges, retail sales, distribution and production of recreational cannabis. However, there are some exemptions if you own agriculturally zoned property in Saanich and it is within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), you may be able to produce and distribute cannabis.’ 

Since the bylaws were passed a month ago, cannabis dispensaries have also sprouted up in the town center and in Victoria, which is nearby.

But the biggest development is the planned chicken-turned-cannabis factory that is two miles east of the royals’ house.

In December, the proposal by Rushco Properties Ltd, a group of local investors including one former town councilor Cam McLennan, to build a ‘cannabis cultivating facility’ on a disused poultry farm was supported by North Saanich Council.



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