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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Shelburne Opts In For Cannabis Stores

Shelburne | by Phil DeLand  

Council voted unanimously 6-0 to opt in to potential storefronts.

Cannabis retail stores may be coming to the Town of Shelburne in distant the future.

Council voted last night to opt into allowing the store fronts ahead of the January 22nd deadline.

Wade Mills said he initially believed opting out with the option of opting back in once the province ironed out some key details.

However, once the federal government lowered the minimum town size to 50-thousand residents, Mills said council believed they could opt in and still have time to adjust.

Town staff consulted with local police, the UGDSB and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to put together a report ahead of last nights meeting.

Some concerns in the report included the minimum distance a storefront can be from a school being 150m.

Town planner Steve Wever said the town can't change that distance but they can modify the restrictions to include other areas where youths or children might spend a lot of time.

Wever said the town could increase the minimum distance from daycare's, libraries or other locations that aren't mentioned in the current rules.

Mills said the unanimous decision by council was to let the province know they're officially in but he isn't optimistic Shelburne will get a store any time soon.

He said with the town competing with larger populations including Barrie and Brampton, Shelburne may have to wait awhile.

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