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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Meaford Says Yes to Cannabis Stores

Meaford | by Ken Hashizume  

Council will see how operations go in other communities before a license is issued for their municipality.

You can add Meaford to the list of allowing retail cannabis stores in town.

Council voted to opt-in at their regular meeting on Monday.

They first heard a staff report in the Committee of the Whole portion of the meeting.

That report contained results of a survey asking residents whether the Municipality should allow a retail cannabis store in Meaford.

Of the 859 who responded to the survey, 614 said yes with 227 against it and 18 more were undecided.

Everyone on Council voted in favour with the lone exception being Councillor Harley Greenfield who thought the Municipality should not be rushing into making a decision.

Mayor Barb Clumpus says the number of those who were in favour were overwhelming.

She says it was also very clear that the rationale behind the decision was justified.

Staff warned Council that because there are only going to be 25 licenses initially being issued, Meaford would not qualify as they have a population of less than 50,000.

Clumpus says during that time they will see how well retail cannabis stores are doing in other communities.

She says this will allow the Province to iron out any kinks they may experience and give the Municipality time to prepare for what they may experience once the first store is open for business.


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