How Will The Province Keep Pot Shops Away From Schools? In Toronto, It Won’t Be Easy

Article by Victoria Gibson, The Toronto Star

How will the province keep pot shops away from schools? In Toronto, it won’t be easy It would be difficult to find sites for cannabis stores in Toronto that aren’t within a short distance of schoolyards. But some neighbourhoods say they’d welcome a pot store in their area. Ellen Anderson, chair of the Dovercourt Village Business Improvement Area, says an Ontario Cannabis Store would be good for the “quirky” neighbourhood. (STEVE RUSSELL / TORONTO STAR) By VICTORIA GIBSON. Most of Toronto is near a school Granting every Toronto public school a 450 metre buffer from future Ontario Cannabis Store locations leaves little room for pot shops. Within 450m of a public school Parks Zoned industrial. Source: City of Toronto Open DataToronto Star Graphic

Premier Kathleen Wynne has ordered that school boards be given a say in where provincial marijuana stores are located, noting that boards are likely to know “where their kids go at lunchtime (and) where they go after school.”

Her demand came after the announcement that Toronto’s first outlet of the Ontario Cannabis Store would be located in Scarborough, 450 metres from Blantyre Public School. The Toronto District School Board said it had asked to be consulted about the location, but never was. Concerned Blantyre parents discussed the news at a school council meeting last week.

But is there anywhere in the city a marijuana store could land without customers crossing paths with schoolchildren and teens?

According to data compiled by the Star, more than half the city is within 450 metres of a school, even without factoring in areas where children and teenagers spend their recreational time.

How will the province keep pot shops away from schools? In Toronto, it won’t be easy It would be difficult to find sites for cannabis stores in Toronto that aren’t within a short distance of schoolyards. But some neighbourhoods say they’d welcome a pot store in their area. Ellen Anderson, chair of the Dovercourt Village Business Improvement Area, says an Ontario Cannabis Store would be good for the “quirky” neighbourhood.  (STEVE RUSSELL / TORONTO STAR) By VICTORIA GIBSON.  Most of Toronto is near a school Granting every Toronto public school a 450 metre buffer from future Ontario Cannabis Store locations leaves little room for pot shops.   Within 450m of a public school  Parks  Zoned industrial. Source: City of Toronto Open DataToronto Star Graphic

The blank spaces left over range from industrial areas to High Park to the Toronto South Detention Centre, a maximum-security correctional facility.

While debate rages on at Queen’s Park, several of Toronto’s business improvement areas (BIAs) told the Star they’d actually welcome a provincially run marijuana shop — and that, regardless of proximity to schools or child-centric areas, kids wouldn’t be able to just waltz in and buy pot.

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