Article by Ali Raza, Toronto Star
Retail cannabis stores will be not permitted in Mississauga.
City council chose at its Wednesday meeting to opt-out on allowing private retail shops to sell cannabis in Mississauga. The federal government legalized cannabis on Oct. 17, and the province has since made it available for purchase via its online portal the Ontario Cannabis Store.
“This is a very concerning provincial distribution model for private retail of cannabis,” Councillor Chris Fonseca said.
Councillors Fonseca, John Kovac, Carolyn Parrish, George Carlson, Dipika Damerla and Pat Saito agreed the municipality is being rushed into making a decision without any control or planning. Councillors discussed the possibility of taking a wait-and-see approach based on how retail stores affect other municipalities over the next six months to a year.