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Pot Shop Decision

Collingwood | by Catherine Thompson  

Collingwood council will decide tonight whether to allow retail cannabis stores in town.

Collingwood councillors are to make a decision this evening (Monday) on whether to allow pot retail stores in town.

Following input from a public consultation meeting last week and an online survey, council has two options to consider.

The first, which is recommended by staff based on public input, is to let the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) know that the town wants to opt-in to host cannabis retail stores.

Option two on the agenda is to of course not host retail pot stores.

Any Ontario municipality that opts out can always change the decision in the future, but if they opt in, there is no opting out later.

The province has said municipalities must make their decision known by January 22.

The town of the Blue Mountains Committee of the Whole will look at results from a recent online survey and public consultation meetings.

A staff report says that 49 percent of those surveyed want bricks and mortar pot shops, with 45 percent against and six percent undecided.

The committee is expected to make a decision Monday evening.

So far around our area, Meaford has opted in while Wasaga Beach, Clearview Township and Tay Township have all said no to hosting pot stores.


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