The deadline for Ontario municipalities to opt-in for legal marijuana retailers is drawing closer and closer. The Ford government has given cities and towns until January 22nd to make a decision about whether they want physical pot shops in their areas.
The Conservatives aren’t making this decision any easier, though. On top of the deadline for councils to decide, they also have to consider the fact that if they chose to opt in, they can never change their minds and opt back out. That puts a lot of pressure on the councils, most of whom are new since municipal elections were held in October of this year.
None the less, some municipalities have already made those decisions. Toronto and Ottawa voted just over the past two days to allow for legal marijuana retailers.
In fact, 11 other municipalities in Ontario have done the same thing by opting into pot shops. That said, a lot of them are small towns that most people may have never even heard of and a lot of them.