Residents Fume as Pot Shops proliferate in Ottawa Neighbourhoods

Article by Stu Mills, CBC News

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Politicians and residents alike are voicing frustration over the growing number of marijuana dispensaries in Ottawa.

Police have said they will only investigate an outlet where a large number of public complaints have been made.

On Innes Road in Blackburn Hamlet, a new pot dispensary has opened within a few hundred meters of several schools. Richard Bergman, who lives in the neighbourhood, said he’s not happy.

“Well, as parents with children who attend the schools in the area that are literally a stone’s throw away, we’re very concerned with what’s going on there. It doesn’t seem like medicinal marijuana,” said Bergman.

École Élémentaire Catholique Sainte-Marie is 300 metres away on Innes Road. Good Shepherd School is 500 m further along, and Emily Carr Middle School is about 1000 m from the dispensary.

“It’s cookies, lolipops. Stuff with names like ‘Midnight Kush’ – to us, it seems like it’s marketed directly to youth and it’s an effort to try to target our kids ultimately, which we’re very concerned about,” said Bergman.

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