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Cannabis Store Survey On The Peninsula

South Bruce Peninsula | by John Divinski  

A survey will soon be open to residents to weigh in on pot shops.

The future of cannabis retail sales and cannabis consumption in South Bruce Peninsula is on the table.

Councillors will decide at the January 15th council meeting, whether or not to opt into the province's plan for cannabis retail sales in the municipality.

Before that date, you will have the opportunity to voice your own opinions, via a web poll that will be up and running within the next 10-days.

Town CAO Brad McRoberts says the webpage will have plenty of information on the cannabis subject and a specific poll asking about the retail sales and the cannabis consumption aspects.

McRoberts says the poll will be available until January 8th or 9th and then shut down so town staff can get the results ready for council in time for that January 15th meeting.

The municipality has until January 22nd to either opt in or opt out of the provincial plan.

Meanwhile, the Wiarton and District Chamber of Commerce has already conducted its own poll among its members on the possibility of retail cannabid outlets in the community.

Chamber Manager Jennifer Berg, in a presentation to council on December 18th, says 108 members were contacted and 30 votes were cast.

22 said they were in favour of retail outlets while 8 were against it.

A Facebook poll was done as well and of the 234 votes cast, 69% were in favour of retail cannabis stores while 31% were against.

Berg says the results tell her that Wiarton is moving in the right direction.

She says at least 3 business owners have indicated that if cannabis retail stores are allowed, they would consider either creating such outlets or changing what they have now, to outlets.

The town's online survey, being conducted by providers Bang the Table on behalf of South Bruce Peninsula, will be available at www.southbrucepeninsula.com

 

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