While Hawkesbury and Cornwall say yes to the stores of the cannabis, Casselman became the first municipality in the united counties of Prescott-Russell (CUPR) to refuse to sell at retail on its territory.
The elected officials of the village of Casselman have voted against the reception of stores of cannabis, with three votes against one, in the beginning of the week.
According to mayor Daniel Lafleur, the circumscribed territory of Casselman does not allow a merchant has a storefront. “We are here, we have six schools. With the rule that says that it must be 150 meters from a school, it would not have worked. ”
It says that the council has also taken into consideration the proximity of childcare facilities to make its decision. Although they are not part of the provincial regulations on businesses, Mr. Lafleur believes that it would be irresponsible to have stores too close to day cares. “Yes, we had options, but it was too close, or schools, or daycares. ”
The mayor Lafleur, is also convinced that the revenues related to the sales of cannabis will not be sufficient to offset the additional costs for emergency services.
After having postponed the decision at the meeting of the council last December, the elected officials of Hawkesbury have voted unanimously in favour of the retail sale of cannabis, on Thursday.
Even if the municipality said yes to the stores of cannabis, no trader will be located on the street, Hawkesbury until further order. Last month, the government Ford has brought new clarification of the regulations for retail sale. According to these changes, only the municipalities with a population of at least 50,000 residents will be able to accommodate businesses in their territory.
Mayor Paula Assaly is of the opinion that this window of time will be positive for his community. “It will help us to know how is the sales in various cities,” she reported via e-mail.
It asserts that this waiting period will also allow the various agencies concerned to make presentations to raise the awareness of young people in schools and elsewhere in the territory.
The rest of the municipalities of the CUPR, Alfred-Plantagenet, Champlain, Hawkesbury-East should decide soon.
For its part, the city council of Cornwall has decided to go forward with the retail sale of cannabis on its territory, Thursday. The report presented to the council has allowed the elected officials to decide unanimously. This report states among other things that the cannabis market could represent an ” opportunity to realize an economic impact of local positive in regards to the creation of jobs (…) “.
The paramedics of Cornwall have ensured that the store of cannabis will not have any impact on the emergency services. “The stores of cannabis will not have more effect on the volume of emergency calls that the liquor stores. ”
Remember that in Ontario, 25 licenses are to be awarded, including five in eastern ontario. Barrie, Belleville, Kawartha Lakes, Kingston, Ottawa and Peterborough are the only municipalities that meet the population criteria of the provincial government.