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Serving Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra since 1984 WEDNESDAY February 20, 2013 23 The junior girls district basketball playdowns see Riverside top Best in the final Your source for local news, sports, opinion and entertainment: Medical marijuana grow-op busted Pubs want to extend hours Coquitlam to set guidelines as requests pour in Jeremy Deutsch John Kurucz It’s not a moratorium per se, but Coquitlam council wants to draft a new set of policies before deciding on any liquor licence changes in the city. The decision was made in part due to Monday’s discussion around yet another local business wanting to increase the hours during which it can serve alcohol. The application put forward by representatives of the Townhall Public House, formerly known as the French Quarter Pub, seeks to increase hours of liquor service from 9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday. Currently, liquor is served at the Brunette Avenue location from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to midnight on Sundays. Monday’s discussion was the second type of request in the last two weeks, and it’s believed other businesses are following suit in an effort to keep up with local competitors. Two weeks ago, council voted against extending hours of liquor service at Micky’s Public House, citing its location away from public transit.  CONT. ON PAGE 4, see HOURS. Photos NOW Visit to see more than 60 photos from this event. Lisa King/NOW WEARABLE ART: A peacock-inspired headdress completes the look for this model at last weekend’s Wearable Art Awards in the Galleria at Port Moody City Hall. The event, hosted by the Port Moody Arts Centre, featured costumes ranging from wacky to sublime, as well as a hat contest for local mayors. For more photos, see Page 13. $"& '#!% abc Coquitlam Barnet Hwy at Lansdowne - RESTAURANT - 2773 Barnet Hwy Monday–Saturday 604.474.2773 6:30am–10:00pm, Sunday 7am–9pm Present this ad @ these participating abc locations before March 30/13. Not Valid with any other offer or coupon. A legal medical pot grow-op that has raised the ire of a Port Coquitlam neighbourhood has been shut down indefinitely by the city. The city’s Public Safety Inspection (PSI) Team, along with Coquitlam RCMP, executed a search warrant on a house located in the 900-block of Governor Court on Feb. 14, after they suspected the occupants of operating an illegal grow-op. The city confirmed the address did have three licences from Health Canada to grow marijuana legally, but the search turned up more plants in the home than allowed. Under PoCo’s bylaws, the house was slapped with a do-not-occupy order because of health and safety issues, and the homeowners will now be forced to remediate the property before being allowed back in to live. The power and water has also been cut to the home. A couple of weeks back, a group of residents appeared at a PoCo council meeting urging the city to take action against the house. The residents feared the grow-op was a danger to the neighbourhood. The latest inspection is another example of the murky rules governing legal grow-ops that have the city’s mayor waiting for new federal laws to come into effect. Mayor Greg Moore said the current rules around legal grow-ops are a drain on resources, mostly because it’s up to the city to carry out any inspections. “It has been a downloaded burden on local government to go through this process because Health Canada doesn’t tell us or the RCMP where they’re [grow-ops] located in our community,” he told The NOW. Right now, the city only carries out inspections based on evidence like a major increase in hydro use, or complaints from neighbours that have been substantiated. Moore suggested the inspection job should be handled by Health Canada. The proposed federal laws expected to take effect by March 2014 would mean medical marijuana could only be grown in federally approved facilities, like an industrial-type grow operation.  CONTINUED ON PAGE 4, see EASTERN DRIVE GROW-OP. GRAND OPENING SPECIALS FARMHAND’S FAVOURITE BREAKFAST BUY ONE GET ONE 50% OFF FAMOUS SMOKEHOUSE PULLED PORK SANDWICH BUY ONE GET ONE 50% OFF abc Maple Ridge 20110 Lougheed Hwy abc Coquitlam Schoolhouse at 300 - 100 Schoolhouse St abc Coquitlam Barnet Hwy 2773 at Lansdowne

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