Port Colborne wants public input on Retail Cannabis stores

The City of Port Colbrone is looking for public input about allowing licensed retail cannabis outlets in the city before council makes a decision at the Monday, Jan. 14/2019, meeting of council.

“City of Port Colborne Council members have a decision to make: to opt-in or opt-out of permitting licensed retail cannabis outlets in the city,” a press release from the City of Port Colborne said.

The survey can be completed online: http://portcolborne.ca/page/cannabis . Print copies of the survey are available at City Hall until Friday, Dec. 21/208 and on Jan. /2019.

During holiday City Hall closures, print copies are available at the Port Colborne Public Library and the Vale Health and Wellness Centre.

The survey takes about five minutes to do, survey closes Jan. 2/2018.

There is also a telephone survey.

“The City of Port Colborne has contracted Oraclepoll Research Ltd. to conduct telephone interviews with residents drawn from a random sample of the population,” the press release said.  “The City is encouraging residents to accept calls from Oraclepoll; calls should last approximately five minutes.”

There is a public information session scheduled for Jan. 2/2019 at City Hall from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Comments can also be emailed to cannabis@portcolborne.ca until 7 p.m. on January 2, 2019.

“After City staff have completed their consultation of the community and key stakeholders they will be drafting a report for council that will be discussed on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 in Council Chambers, 66 Charlotte Street,” the press release says. “The report will be available in the council agenda on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. Council will be making a decision at this meeting before presenting formal feedback to the Province before the Jan. 22, 2019 deadline.”

Since the legalization of recreational cannabis, the only way to purchase it is through the online Ontario Cannabis Store. The Ontario Government is now working on a plan to make it available through private licensed outlets beginning in April 2019.



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