A report in front of Port Colborne councillors during their first meeting of the term included a recommendation to allow retail sales of marijuana in the city, but council chose to defer the decision to next year.
After more than an hour of debate on the issue at city hall on Monday night, council ultimately decided it had not yet given local residents enough time to voice their opinion on whether marijuana should be sold at storefronts. Every municipality in Ontario was given a one-time chance to opt out of the sale of marijuana at physical stores. The deadline to decide is Jan. 22, at which point all municipalities will be automatically registered to allow retail pot sales, unless they specifically opt out before then.
Regardless of which way council votes, residents of Port Colborne will still be able to legally purchase marijuana through the online Ontario Cannabis Store, and have it delivered via Canada Post. The decision in front of council is strictly about whether someone could open up a store within city limits who would sell directly to people looking to buy marijuana.
On that front, many around the Port Colborne council appeared to be leaning towards the opt-out, which would prevent physical sales of marijuana anywhere in the city.