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Smiths Falls frustrated by latest provincial decision to limit first pot shops to communities of 50,000 or more

by | Jan 10, 2019 | Local News | 1 comment

Smiths Falls is not happy with the province’s latest decision to located the first 25 Cannabis retail stores only in municipalities with populations of 50,000 or more.

Councillor Peter McKenna expresses council’s frustration. He told Lake 88, “In Smiths Falls, we are ahead of the curve as Councillor (Wendy) Alford mentioned.”

He says that the town is more than ready to host a brick-and-mortar retail store, adding that the Council is ready, and so are businessess in the community.

“We’ve been talking about the retail option for more than a year, and during the debate whether we opt in or out, it was really clear our whole council’s on board,” said McKenna. “We were opting in, even though we didn’t really have to we said we’re ready. We sent a resolution to the province saying we’re open for business on this.”

McKenna further argues that a store in the hometown of the country’s largest cannabis producer makes sense. “It’s good for our community, it’s good for our friends at Tweed,”‘ he said. “To see the government, which is a proponent of ‘Open for Business’, take this very cautious approach was disappointing.”

The town will be addressing the issue as a delegation with Minister Vic Fedelli at the upcoming ROMA conference later this month (Jan 27-29).

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  1. Richard

    As a person that enjoys recreational pot . I think it’s crazy they legalized it to stop the street dealers from profiting off the sales of pot…now they only want retail stores in town of 50,000 or more in population..That’s crazy first off my dealers lives down the road sells for 10 a gram or 7 grams for 50…why would I ever buy from the government when it costs more and qould be alot harder to access

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