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Goderich To Review Cannabis Storefronts In New Year

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Mayor John Grace says more information coming on cannabis retail jobs for January vote.

We will find out by late January, whether or not Goderich will be the site of a provincially licenced cannabis outlet.

Town Council reviewed memos on the issue from Clerk Janice Hallahan and the Huron County Health Unit, along with a policy statement from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

Mayor John Grace tells Country 104.9 News that so far, only a few of the province's 444 municipalities have voted against setting up a cannabis store administered by the province.

Provincial legislation calls for the outlets to be run by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, while municipalities are responsible for issues like zoning of store sites.

Grace says municipal staff are working on additional information regarding a licenced cannabis store, which will come before Council on January 7th.

Hallahan says debate can continue at Council's following meeting on January 21st, but a decision would have to be made by that day.

Queen's Park has set a deadline of January 22nd for applications to be submitted.

Councillor Jim Donnelly says he is against the idea of a legal cannabis store operating in Goderich, and cautions Council to be open and transparent in deliberating the issue.

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