Article by Daily Hive
As a smaller city council heads to meetings today, councillors in Toronto are set to debate whether or not to allow retail pot shops in the city.
City staff have recommended that councillors allow cannabis retail stores to operate as a legal alternative, beyond the OCS, for purchasing weed in Toronto.
A report from city staff said prohibiting pot shops in Toronto would limit Toronto residents’ access to legal and government-regulated recreational cannabis, saying it would “have the unintended consequence of encouraging the illegal market to continue to operate.”
Staff believe this would undermine efforts by all levels of government to prevent youth access to cannabis and would require increased municipal and police enforcement to address illegal operations.