The City's decision to ban private-sector cannabis retail stores in Sault will be taken on Monday, January 14.
The province has set January 22 as the deadline for the decision to deny private shops.
"It's an important decision that we are going to make," Ward 5's adviser Corey Gardi said in a motion calling for a team report on the matter.
"I think it's important to have all the information to make a responsible decision," Gardi said.
Mayor Christian Provenzano revealed that he was the instigator of the motion.
"This arose from discussions I had with some of you independently," said Provenzano.
"I had several counselors calling me and asking me about the kind of information that would come and how the decision will be."
"Alderman Gardi called me and asked similar questions I got from Counselor Hollingsworth and received from Counselor Christian," said the mayor.
"I suggested that we put a proposal on the agenda today because if we were to just show up here in January and we had the staff deliver the report and then we did not have all the information you're looking for, we have no proposal." more time to go back and get the information you are looking for. "
"We will have to make that decision at our first meeting in January, so today is the opportunity for all of you, in the context of that motion, to ensure that the team understands the information you are looking for, so that you can make an appropriate decision."
"This motion should not be understood as an option or a motion. It is simply a motion to direct the team to ensure that it brings back the information we need to make an appropriate decision," said Provenzano.
The councilors voted tonight to direct the city's staff to report on:
- how many private retail stores may be allowed to open in Sault Ste. Marie if the municipality does not choose not to
- where private retail stores can locate in the city, if we do not choose not to
- What kind of authority, if any, should the municipality regulate cannabis use in public places?
Ward Adviser 2, Luke Dufour, warned that not all of the information requested may necessarily be available in the province.
"Personally, I'm comfortable making my decision whether or not to opt for incomplete information, because I believe that's part of the goal. Either you're in or out," Dufour said.
Ward 5's advisor, Matthew Scott, pointed out that Prince Township has chosen to allow the retail sale of cannabis.
The website of the Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission states that Tarbutt, Plummer Additional, and the Township of the North Shore also did so.
Ward 1 Sandra Hollingsworth wanted to know if there would be a limit on the number of stores allowed.
Al Horsman, the city's chief administrative officer, said the city could expect some revenue from high levels of government related to marijuana sales, but it will not be a blessing.
"It's not big and it's not a part of revenue sharing. It's just granting money provided for specific purposes," said the CAO.
Ala 2 counselor Lisa Vezeau-Allen asked her fellow advisors to review a Calgary city law that limits cannabis use to private property.