Article by Joelle Kovach, The Peterborough Examiner
The province has announced that Peterborough and Lindsay are each getting a government-run standalone marijuana store in July.
Although city CAO Allan Seabrooke told The Examiner on Friday that a pot shop is coming to Peterborough this summer, the provincial government confirmed it with an announcement on Tuesday.
Peterborough and Lindsay were both on a new list of 15 Ontario cities that are getting standalone cannabis retail stores.
The stores will sell marijuana for recreational use. They will be open in July, the same month the federal government plans to legalize cannabis.
In early November, a list of 14 cities had been announced, and Peterborough was not on it. But on Tuesday, the list was expanded to include 15 more cities.
That means 29 municipalities have been selected by the provincial government as hosts for pot shops. The plan is to open about 150 stores by 2020, across Ontario.
No exact location for either the Peterborough store or the Lindsay store has been chosen yet, but the province has said it won’t allow the stores to be located near schools.
The LCBO website – www.lcbocannabisupdates.com – allows the public to write anonymously to the provincial officials to speak up about having a pot shop in Peterborough.
Communities won’t be able to opt out of having a government-run pot shop if they’ve been identified by the province as a host city, though. Communities can delay the opening of a shop, but they cannot opt out altogether.
Meanwhile, the province has also decided that customers must be 19 to buy cannabis, and that pot can only be consumed in private residences – not in public or in workplaces.