Article by Steve Cornwell, Mississauga News
Mississauga is asking Ontario for special powers to allow the city more control over where legal retail cannabis shops could be located.
City council passed a motion June 16 requesting the province reconsider powers held by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) to approve cannabis store locations.
Under current rules, the AGCO has exclusive powers to license and regulate cannabis stores once cities vote to allow pot shops.
Starr’s motion asks the province to reconsider “exclusive powers of the AGCO regarding the zoning of legal cannabis stores, recognizing the traditional role of municipalities in such matters as number and location of retail businesses.”
At the June 9 meeting, Starr said other cities that haven’t allowed cannabis stores yet might be also be seeking more controls over pot shop locations and it would be important to get a response from the province.
“If they don’t do anything, they don’t do anything,” Starr said. “I just want to satisfy myself.”