Now is time to avoid pot emporium
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