COUNCIL DISCUSSES MARIJUANA OPTIONS
“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.