Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger wants the provincial government to provide municipalities the tools necessary to control how many cannabis dispensaries will be allowed in the city once marijuana becomes legal next month.
In his first public comments on cannabis and how it will impact Hamilton, Eisenberger said the province needs to allow municipalities some authority on where cannabis outlets can go, such as preventing them from opening near schools.
“I certainly wouldn’t want to be overrun by cannabis stores,” said Eisenberger “I hope (the province) allows municipalities some control on how we create the zoning and radial separation.”
Eisenberger said in an interview he recently received advice from the city’s integrity commissioner that he can discuss general cannabis issues publicly. The change happened, he said, when the cannabis company that he bought shares in transformed from a privately-held corporation to a publicly traded one. Eisenberger said he is now a minor shareholder with less than 10 per cent of the company’s shares.
“So I don’t have a conflict in the general industry,” he said.
If the company — which he did not identify — has business before council, Eisenberger said he will declare a conflict of interest.
The mayor argued he didn’t want to identify the company because he “doesn’t want to get into favouring one company over another.”