From Zoning Bylaws to Policing, Ottawa Prepares for the New World of Legal Pot

Article by Jacquie Miller, Ottawa Citizen

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Tom Poirier, the owner of an army surplus store in a strip mall off Merivale Road, watched with curiosity as a new business prepared to open next door.

Poirier discussed the odd renovations with Bill Chappell, who owns a hobby shop in the mall on Roydon Place. The front room of the new business had a sliding window in the middle of the back wall.

“I was joking around with Bill,” says Poirier. “I said, ‘You see that wall and the window? I betcha they’re going to sell drugs!”

He pauses, shaking his head. “And sure enough, that’s what they’re doing.”

The tenant next door is CannaGreen, one of the city’s newest marijuana dispensaries. The back room at CannaGreen contains an ATM machine and a couple of display cases filled with dried weed and cannabis-laced cookies, brownies, candy and cola with names like Grow-op Grape.

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