Article by Tyler Kula, Sarnia Observer
Mayor Mike Bradley says he’s on board with allowing cannabis shops here and thinks they could help stamp out black market supply he says can be laced with other drugs.
“I haven’t seen that come up as much as an issue in other cities, but that to me is a huge reason,” Bradley said, citing safety concerns.
Dr. Del Donald with the Bluewater Methadone Clinic said there are instances where patients at the clinic who were otherwise thought to be drug-free have tested for trace amounts of cocaine or methamphetamine in their systems, and it’s suspected to have come from consuming contaminated marijuana.
Having bricks-and-mortar stores, alongside government online sales, gives people another option to get cannabis that hasn’t been tampered with, Bradley said. City council is being asked Monday to either opt in or out of allowing private cannabis retailers in Sarnia.
The provincial government has announced it’s phasing in the stores with a lottery via the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario for the first 25 licences. That’s fewer than the 40 stores the previous Liberal government had planned to open in 2018.