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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Saugeen Shores Opts-In To Pot Stores

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

81% of survey respondents supported allowing private marijuana shops

Saugeen Shores is in, when it comes to bricks and mortar cannabis stores in the municipality.

Council voted unanimously to opt in and forfeit its right to opt out in the future.

It was pretty obvious which way councillors were leaning on the issue and a recent online survey by the town was right in line as well.

Supervisor of Development Services, Jay Pausner says over 16-hundred people took part in the survey and 81% of respondents supported storefront pot sales in the municipality with 21% of those, qualified with some conditions, such as safety and security, proximity to youth and visual exposure.

39% noted some consumption concerns and agreed that marijuana consumption should be restricted as alcohol when on public property.

61% indicated there was no need for any further restrictions.

Mayor Luke Charbonneau says approving the future stores is the right thing to do because it will help combat illegal drugs in the community.

Next up is to see if cannabis consumption rules can be standardized amongst Bruce County municipalities.
Charbonneau says if each community comes up with its own set of rules, it's going to be confusing to the users and will be near impossible to enforce from one municipality to another.

It may be a while before any store opens up in the municipality since the province has only made available 25 operating licences across Ontario to date and those will be concentrated in cities of more than 50,000 population.

Later today, South Bruce Peninsula council will be voting on the retail sales question of pot as well.

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