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Brockton Pot Store Survey

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Brockton wants input on whether to opt in or out of having pot stores.

Brockton is looking for public input, concerning whether or not the municipality should opt in or opt out of allowing cannabis retail outlets into the municipality.

Council has instructed staff to create an online survey for the public to weigh in on the cannabis retail outlet issue.

It is now available to the public.

Staff have also been instructed to send letters to the police, local school boards, the Hospital, the Canadian Mental Health Agency as well as Wes For Youth for their input.

Council also strongly encourages merchants to voice their opinion.

Mayor Chris Peabody has made it no secret that he opposes local cannabis retail outlets.

During the election campaign, Peabody says he was the only member of the current council to voice oppostion.

Peabody suspects the winds of change may be in the air for some on council due to concern about the lack of autonomy for municipalities.

Peabody calls the lack of control that the Province is providing municipalities who ‘opt in’ quite alarming.

In a report to Council, staff noted that while there may be financial and economic benefits to the community to opt in; the lack of ability for municipalities to control the location and frequency of these outlets through zoning, setbacks etc. in the community is a concern.

Before putting the matter to a vote, Council first wants to gage public opinion on the matter.

Those wishing to weigh in on the matter should participate in the online survey.

Brockton has until January 22nd to let the Province know if it is 'opting in' or 'opting out'.


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