Article by Emma Spears, Growth Op
Mississauga City Council has once again voted against opting to allow legal cannabis dispensaries to open within city limits — and Mayor Bonnie Crombie is disappointed.
The mayor, a strong supporter of opting in, took to Twitter to express her dissatisfaction with the decision, which culminated in a 8-4 vote to maintain the status quo.
“Cannabis is a legal product and the public has the right to legally purchase it,” Crombie tweeted. “I support opting in because there is a demand for it. Mississauga residents want it.”
The mayor suggested that 70 per cent of Mississauga residents are in favour of allowing cannabis retail, pointing out that a decision to opt in could have created both “direct and indirect” jobs, referring to cannabis as an “economic driver.” “I support opting in because Mississauga is behind the times. There is no denying that our residents use cannabis and we must give them options to buy it,” Crombie wrote.
Mississauga first opted out of allowing licensed cannabis stores in the city in 2018, when recreational weed was federally legalized. At the time, councillors consented to re-examine the decision after the completion and review of a staff report documenting cannabis retail efforts in neighbouring municipalities.