It's been a month since the federal government legalized marijuana across the country. Now, municipalities will have to start weighing their options over allowing marijuana sales in their communities next year.
City halls have the option to opt-in or not if they allow companies in their community to sell cannabis in a physical store. The municipalities will need to make a single decision in January 2019.
"It is up to the municipalities to decide how they want to regulate the statutes and cannabis. My personal vision and vision of our government is that if we are going to end the illegal use of cannabis, everyone should join in and get involved, "said Kenora MP Bob Nault.
Private stores may be opened throughout the province by April 1, 2019. If stores are allowed in the community, companies will have to apply for a license to sell the product through the province. Entries can begin December 17, before the municipalities decide.
The provincial government has announced that it will not limit the amount of retail licenses that will be issued to businesses as long as they follow the appropriate regulations. Until then, the only legal way to buy the product is through the Ontario Cannabis Store.
At the All-Candidate Forum in Dryden last month, most candidates supported the idea of the city receiving marijuana stores in the area, such as marijuana present in the community with or without a store. Many have also noted that if Dryden does not have one, neighboring communities will, and the city will lose a potentially significant revenue stream.
"If there is no opportunity to buy marijuana in the community, people will go somewhere else to do it. I do not think that getting away from the problem is the solution. Everyone has to put this together and look at their options. There will still be cannabis activity, if we control and regulate it, we will be better off. "
"It's a difficult decision. It's new. Not everyone knows what will work and there are options. But in my opinion, I think everyone has to participate. "
If the province's excise tax revenues exceed $ 100 million in the first two years after legalization, revenue will be divided by 50/50. There are 444 counties in Ontario.
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