Mississauga, Markham Become Latest Ontario Municipalities to Opt Out of Cannabis Retail Stores

Article by Jameson Berkow, Globe and Mail

Mississauga, Markham become latest Ontario municipalities to opt out of cannabis retail stores JAMESON BERKOW Houses and condo building are seen in Mississauga. MARK BLINCH/THE GLOBE AND MAIL

Dealing a setback to aspiring Ontario cannabis retailers, two major Toronto-area municipalities moved Wednesday to prevent private storefronts from selling marijuana within their borders.
Mississauga City Council, representing the province’s third-largest city, just west of Toronto, voted 10-2 in favour of opting out of cannabis retail. A few hours later, city councillors in Markham, just north of Toronto, also voted “no” on cannabis retail in a 12-1 vote. The decisions come just one day before Toronto city council will vote on the same issue.
Ontario has given municipalities until Jan. 22 to decide whether to allow physical cannabis stores within their boundaries. Cities that reject pot shops will be allowed to change their minds after that date, but those agreeing to host cannabis retailers cannot ban them later.

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