Al­low re­tail cannabis stores in city

The Expositor (Brantford) - - OPINION -

Re: Cannabis: opt in or out? (Dec. 6) I was sur­prised to read that there is ac­tu­ally a ques­tion be­ing dis­cussed as to whether Brant­ford should opt in or out of al­low­ing bricks-and-mor­tar stores to sell cannabis prod­ucts in our fair city.

Cana­di­ans al­ready have given a clear an­swer about the mer­its (or evils if you still sub­scribe to the mar­i­juana-mad­ness par­a­digm) of le­gal mar­i­juana.

Any ef­forts to slow down that snow­ball are ei­ther politi­cians pan­der­ing to the right wing or stub­bornly re­fus­ing to ac­cept what Cana­di­ans (that does still in­clude Brant­ford res­i­dents, as I re­call) have de­cided.

We need to elim­i­nate the ridicu­lous monopoly that the On­tario Con­ser­va­tives have set up and al­low stores to open.

I and many oth­ers will be watch­ing closely to see which of our city coun­cil­lors choose to drag their heels.

If Brant­ford opts out, the money will sim­ply go to other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. Even the staunch­est right-winger should un­der­stand that.

Mike La­Pointe Brant­ford

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