The Township of North Huron will permit cannabis stores in the area after approving a Municipal Cannabis Policy Statement at the regular council meeting.
Council revisited the subject in March, reconsidering a previous decision to opt-out of cannabis retail stores in the township.
The policy statement’s purpose is “to establish a document for the Township of North Huron to provide input to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) during the 15-day commenting period.”
The policy will also help prospective cannabis retailers in their search for locations in North Huron.
The AGCO is the provincial authority that licenses cannabis retail operators, authorizes cannabis retail locations, and licenses senior store staff.
Municipal governments have no licensing authority.
Any cannabis retail location must adhere to the same regulations as any other retailer, including land use planning and municipal building inspections.
The location of the physical business must not be within 100 metres of nearby properties are designed to serve youth or other sensitive facilities that service persons with mental health or addiction challenges, including: Wingham and District Hospital, Wingham Community Psychiatric Services, Alice Munro Library, North Huron Children’s Centre, North Huron Wescast Community Complex, Cruickshank Park, Wingham Splashpad Park, Wingham Lions’ Pavilion, Riverside Park and Ball Diamonds, Wingham Ecological Park, Belgrave Community Centre, Belgrave Community Park, Blyth & District Community Centre, Blyth Campground, Blyth Memorial Hall, Horticulture Park in Blyth, Blyth Butterfly Garden, Blyth Memorial Park, Blyth Skate Park, and Lions Park in Blyth.
The location is also restricted from being located within 150 metres of public or private schools.