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Brockton Opts In For Cannabis Stores

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

With a unanimous vote, Council shows it is willing to allow private retail cannabis stores.

A cannabis retail outlet could be coming to Brockton. 

With a unanimous vote, Council has “opted in."

Brockton staff will be notifying the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario that Brockton is willing to opt in to be a host municipality for private retail cannabis stores.

Mayor Chris Peabody who originally opposed the idea had a change of heart after a local survey revealed that vast majority of respondents were in favour of opting in.

Of the 348 respondents, 247 supported allowing retail cannabis stores in Brockton, 111 opposed retail cannabis in Brockton, 10 were undecided and 1 preferred not to answer.

The BIA has also weighed in on the issue, raising concerns about promoting “wellness” for young residents and the character of downtown Walkerton.

Another factor leading to Brockton Council’s unanimous decision to “Opt In” is the potential economic benefits that it could create for the municipality.

Council believes the decision to allow retail cannabis stores could lead to the potential for Brockton to attract and or establish a cannabis production facility within the municipality.

Peabody says Brockton’s strong agricultural sector would be a perfect fit for a production facility like 7ACRES. (a production facility in the municipality of Kincardine)

Peabody says “opting out’ would have sent the wrong message to potential producers.

One thing Peabody has made clear is that he will work to prevent cannabis retail stores from locating in the downtown.

He also calls the Province’s 150 meter zoning setback from high schools unacceptable, saying it should be much further than this.

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