Article by Alan Kan, In Brampton
The newly sworn in Brampton City Council have gotten the ground running on perhaps one of the most contentious issues they have to deal with: whether to allow cannabis stores to operate in Canada’s ninth largest city.
Selling of recreational cannabis was legalized back on October 17; in Ontario right now online sales are available, and the new Ontario government said that by April 1 of 2019 brick and mortar stores will be allowed to sell cannabis.
Municipalities can choose to either opt in to this new regime, or opt out, by January 22. Staff made it clear that if Brampton doesn’t opt out by then, the city automatically is opted in.
Brampton city staff presented a report at the December 5 Committee of Council that advises councillors that the city should opt in. One of the findings is identifying potential sites for a retail operation in Brampton, as shown in this heat map from the report.