Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph to Get Pot Shops

Article by CBC News

Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph to get pot shops Province to open 40 stores by July 1, 2018 CBC News. Cambridge MPP Kathryn McGarry says the city and province will work together to make a decision about a store location in Cambridge. (Blair Gable/Reuters)

Cambridge, Guelph and now Waterloo will get provincially run marijuana storefronts next summer, the province has announced.

The three cities were informed of the decision on Tuesday. A storefront was announced for Kitchener earlier this month.

The province has said 40 stores will be open in 2018 with the number rising to 80 by July 2019.

The exact physical locations of the stores are still being determined.

Shayne Turner, director of municipal enforcement services with the City of Waterloo the city wants to have a voice in choosing the storefront.

“There’s obviously a great amount of dialogue that has to take place in terms of determining suitable locations,” said Turner.

Cambridge MPP Kathryn McGarry said the municipalities and province will now work together to decide the location for her city’s store “based on a goal of protecting young people and keeping our community safe.”

Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie tweeted his city is getting a cannabis store and in a blog post, said he received a call from the province on Tuesday.

 The LCBO, which will oversee the marijuana stores, said each municipality will have a say in where a store goes. The province has set out guidelines, including that new stores be easily accessible but not near any schools.

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