Article by Anthony Urciuoli, inHalton
With the Government of Ontario exploring the expansion of sale and consumption of cannabis, Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward recommended a resolution to council that would open the door for establishments such as cannabis lounges and cafes to operate in the City.
The City of Burlington conducted a public survey between Feb. 14 and Feb. 23 seeking input on the future of cannabis sale and use in consumption venues, as well as public events such as outdoor festivals and concerts.
Based on 969 respondents, 50 per cent were in favour of allowing the sale and consumption of cannabis in places like cannabis lounges and cafes (5 percent undecided, 45 percent not in favour); 57 per cent were not in favour of allowing the sale and consumption of cannabis at festivals and events such as music or food festivals, etc. (3 per cent undecided, 40 per cent in favour).
Meanwhile, 67 per cent felt that municipalities should be able to decide and govern the sale and consumption of cannabis in cafes and lounges (11 per cent undecided, 23 per cent not in favour); 72 per cent felt that municipalities should be able to decide/govern the sale and consumption of cannabis at special events (7 per cent undecided, 21 per cent not in favour).