Now is time to avoid pot em­po­rium

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

The Ed­i­tor, Pot shops are com­ing to small-town On­tario to be run by pri­vate re­tail­ers.

It will turn North Glen­garry into a Wild West pot em­po­rium. By turn­ing the dis­tri­bu­tion to the pri­vate sec­tor, the province has handed a good deal of the reg­u­la­tion to the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. Also where is that money go­ing and com­ing from? As well, will the reg­u­la­tion of pri­vate pot sales be han­dled by cur­rent coun­cils or those elected on Oc­to­ber 22, to be sworn in De­cem­ber 1?

The Min­istry of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral is com­mit­ted to work­ing with the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to help with the cost of le­gal­iza­tion and de­vel­op­ment of a pri­vate re­tail store model with a fund of $40 mil­lion. That's a one­time win­dow to par­tic­i­pate in this pro­gram to opt out of per­mit­ting phys­i­cal cannabis re­tail stores within their bound­aries.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity needs to hear from its cit­i­zens be­fore tak­ing a po­si­tion by opt­ing in or out. There is a very strong em­pha­sis on com­mu­nity safety, le­gal li­a­bil­i­ties pro­tect­ing the cit­i­zens. Ruedi Matt, Alexan­dria

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