Scarborough Councillor Jim Karygiannis Says Wards Should Be Able To Opt-Out Of Having Cannabis Shops

Article by Francine Kopun, Toronto Star

Scarborough councillor says wards should be able to opt-out of having cannabis shops By FRANCINE KOPUNCity Hall Reporter Customers line up at a government cannabis store in Montreal in October. Private pot shops will be allowed to operate in Ontario starting April 1. (RYAN REMIORZ / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO)

Councillor Jim Karygiannis plans to introduce a motion on Thursday to allow wards within the City of Toronto to opt out of allowing cannabis retailers and medical marijuana dispensaries to open up shop.

“Cities can opt out so wards should be given the same opportunity,” said Karygiannis (Ward 22, Scarborough-Agincourt), in advance of Thursday’s council meeting. There are 25 wards in the city.

Municipalities have until Jan. 22 to opt out of accepting private pot shops, which will be licensed and regulated by the province and will be permitted to operate in Ontario starting April 1.

Mayor John Tory does not support opting out, but he said on Monday he will be asking council to support a push for more powers for municipalities to control the locations of private cannabis retail stores.

Karygiannis said he would like to take it further because his constituents have told him they don’t want any pot shops at all.

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