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“It’s a de­ci­sion that is ex­tre­me­ly im­por­tant for the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty’s fu­ture.” Those were the words echoed by Ward 3 Coun­ci­lor Carl Gri­mard du­ring a recent com­mit­tee of the whole mee­ting. “I want to know more me­di­cal in­for­ma­tion about it be­fore we take a de­ci­sion. What are the po­si­tive and not-so-po­si­tive as­pects of it.” Coun­ci­lors de­ba­ted on how to ta­ckle the is­sue of sel­ling ma­ri­jua­na. “We have no idea how we will ma­nage anyone sel­ling it,” ex­plai­ned Ward 8 Coun­ci­lor Diane Choi­nière. Some of the coun­ci­lors floa­ted the idea of crea­ting a sur­vey for the lo­cal po­pu­la­tion. “We have to come up with an ans­wer by Ja­nua­ry 22,” out­li­ned Ward 1 Coun­ci­lor Jean-Marc La­londe. “It’s co­ming, re­gard­less if we like it or not,” re­plied Mayor Guy Des­jar­dins. Choi­nière floa­ted the idea of let­ting gro­ce­ry stores sell the pro­duct. “Al­co­hol is avai­lable from gro­ce­ry stores now, why not of­fer ma­ri­jua­na?” Coun­cil will wait af­ter a De­cem­ber 17 presentation from ci­ty lawyers be­fore ta­king any de­ci­sions on the mat­ter. Star­ting on Oc­to­ber 17, On­ta­rio re­si­dents could start pur­cha­sing ma­ri­jua­na on­line ex­clu­si­ve­ly from The On­ta­rio Ca­na­da Store (OCS). Pri­vate sec­tor re­tai­lers won’t be open un­til April 1, 2019.


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