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Chatsworth to Hold Public Meeting on Cannabis Stores

Chatsworth | by Ken Hashizume  

The Township wants to hear from residents on whether to opt-in or opt-out

Residents of Chatsworth will be getting an opportunity to offer their opinion on whether the Township should have a retail cannabis store.

A public meeting is scheduled to take place in the new year.

A motion on informing the province whether to opt-in or opt-out by the January 22nd deadline was brought up at Wednesday's Chatsworth Council meeting.

Most of Council were in agreement that there should be a retail cannabis store in the municipality.

But Mayor Scott Mackey says they want to hear from their citizens on this matter.

He says they haven't been getting all the information from the province and there is not much time left to decide.

Many municipalities across Ontario including ones in Grey Bruce are also seeking public input on the matter.

Mackey says the Township does not want to be in a position where they are the only municipality in Grey County with a legal cannabis store.

He says they also don't want to be the only municipality in the county not to have a retail cannabis store and miss out on any potential economic development.

Council agreed to schedule the public meeting on Wednesday January 9th at 7 PM and it will tentatively take place at the Keady Community Centre.

A final decision on whether to opt-out will go down at a Special Council Meeting on January 16th.


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