In under the wire.
By a vote of 7-2, with councillors Kloostra and Lauer opposed, Orillia city council has voted in favour to play host to retail cannabis stores.
Midnight was the deadline set by the Ford government for municipalities to notify the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario whether they were opting in or out.
The first 25 stores are expected to open in April.
They will be established in communities with a population of 50,000 or greater.
Neighbouring townships, Severn, Ramara and Oro-Medonte, have decided to take a pass on pot shops.
NOTE CORRECTION: Original story mistakenly said Councillor Ted Emond voted against.