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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Goderich Opts In To Cannabis Storefronts

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

By vote of 5-1, Goderich votes to allow cannabis retail shops.

The Town of Goderich will welcome a provincially-regulated retail cannabis store, but the approval doesn't mean that an outlet will automatically locate in Canada's Prettiest Town.

In a recorded vote of 5-to-1 Monday, Town Council let Queen's Park know that Goderich is interested in hosting such a venture.

Councillor Jim Donnelly was the lone holdout, telling Council he is "unalterably opposed" to a marijuana retailer.

Councillor Matt Hoy was absent from Monday's meeting.

Municipal Clerk Janice Hallahan meantime says that interested businesspeople have until noon Wednesday, to enter their names in a lottery for seven locations across western Ontario.

The area stretches from Hamilton to Windsor, and north to include Huron, Perth and Bruce Counties.

Hallahan says the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario is holding the lottery, with only 25 store operators to be approved across the province.

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario says the AGCO is taking a phased-in approach to cannabis sales, because of a provincewide shortage of the product grown in approved locations.

In his words, Councillor Trevor Bazinet believes "the Town of Goderich can't afford to say 'no'" to a potential cannabis retail site.

Councillor Stephen Tamming adds that customers are already receiving medicinal marijuana at their homes through mail and courier services.

The province anticipates legalized marijuana sales to start by April 1st.

Cannabis was legalized by the federal government on October 17th of last year.

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