Brampton Councillor Calls Cannabis Store Application in His Ward ‘Concerning’

Article by Graeme Frisque,  Brampton Guardian

Brampton councillor calls cannabis store application in his ward ‘concerning’ NEWS 04:00 AM by Graeme Frisque Brampton Guardian Wards 9 and 10 Brampton Coun. Gurpreet Dhillon recently raised concerns about a proposed cannabis shop in his riding. (File photo) - Bryon Johnson/Metroland A screenshot Facebook post from Brampton wards 9 and 10 Coun. Gurpreet Dhillon voicing concerns about a cannabis store application in his ward. - Twitter screenshot from user @Br

Wards 9 and 10 Brampton Coun. Gurpreet Dhillon took to social media to voice concerns about an ongoing cannabis store application in his ward and encouraged residents to submit any objections to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

Dhillon said he’s received calls from area residents concerned about The Cannabis Guys’ proposed store location at 65 Braydon Blvd.

“The objection made by residents to this cannabis shop lies in the fact this is a completely residential area — not with the shop itself. They feel it should be in a more high-traffic commercial area away from the four elementary schools that are within a short waking distance. This plaza, and nearby parks and trails, already have increasing issues with drug use and loitering, and has become a growing nuisance to nearby homes,” he said in an emailed statement.

Dhillon posted a message on Facebook earlier in the week, which appears to have since been deleted from his page, providing instructions to residents on how to submit feedback or objections through the AGCO website during the public consultation period.

Brampton council voted to opt-in to allowing retail cannabis stores in January 2019 and there is currently one in operation in the city (Ganjika House at 186 Main St.) and a second — Hobo Cannabis at 14 Lisa St. — which has been approved but is listed as “coming soon” on the company’s website.

In addition to the two approved locations, there are currently seven active store applications in Brampton listed on the AGCO website including:

— High Tea (50 Kennedy Rd. South)

— Corner Cannabis (131 Kennedy Road North)

— The Cannabis Guys (65 Braydon Blvd.)

— HIBUZZ (40 Rivermont Rd.)

— Dab Cannabis (227 Vodden St. East)

— THC Centre Cannabis Inc. (144 Kennedy Rd. South)

— The Potery (239 Queen St. East)

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