City Staff Advise Council to Opt In to Local Cannabis Retail

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City Council will be asked on Monday to approve a resolution that will allow retail cannabis sales in the Sault.

This recommendation will be brought to the table by city staff.

Municipalities in Ontario have until Jan. 22 to inform the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario of their decision to opt out or in. Municipalities who opt out can later choose to opt in, but those who opt in cannot later opt out.

To date, the following municipalities have opted in:

  • Bruce Mines
  • Elliot Lake
  • Greater Sudbury
  • Hearst
  • Johnson Twp.
  • Marathon
  • North Bay
  • Plummer Additional
  • Prince Twp.
  • Spanish
  • North Shore
  • Tarbutt

So far, there is no word on any municipalities who have opted out.

Municipalities have until Jan. 22 to submit their decision to AGCO in writing. If they fail to do so, private cannabis stores will be allowed to move in, by default, starting Apr. 1.

Another cannabis resolution being brought to the table on Monday is in regards to the city’s smoking by-laws.

Proposed changes involve treating cannabis the same as tobacco – meaning, although it can be smoked in public, smoking in any enclosed workplace, any enclosed public places and specifically designated outdoor places, such as parks and playgrounds, is prohibited.

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