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Goderich Council To Debate Cannabis Storefronts Monday

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Town council will have to decide over next two meetings whether to opt-in to cannabis retail stores.

Goderich Council will debate Monday whether it wants the municipality to apply for a  provincially-run cannabis retail outlet.

Pot was legalized across the country last October, and Queen's Park is giving Ontario municipalities until January 22nd to decide whether they want to opt in for a cannabis store.

Mayor John Grace says there is no second chance to apply, if Council decides against hosting a cannabis outlet.

He mentions that only a few municipalities have decided not to apply.

Among other things, Council will examine a detailed map that narrows down where such an outlet could be located.

The map is attached to a comprehensive memo issued by municipal clerk Janice Hallahan just before Christmas.

The document also contains the policy statement on cannabis sales, issued by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

If Council does not decide today, they will have to vote one way or the other at their following meeting on January 21st -- the day before the government-imposed deadline.

This afternoon's Goderich Council meeting starts at 4:30pm.

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