Article by Galen Simmons, Stratford Beacon Herald
Stratford City council will decide whether to allow for the licensing of retail cannabis stores at its first meeting of the new year on Jan. 14, 2019.
At Monday’s council meeting, councillors voted to table a staff report on cannabis legalization and municipal policy implications for further discussion in the new year to allow enough time for sufficient public consultation before making a decision on whether to opt out of allowing retail cannabis shops before the province’s Jan. 22, 2019 deadline.
“I would actually request that we hold (the discussion) on Jan. 14 and that we request staff to host a public information session the week before so that we can get some public consultation and get some opinions before we make the decision,” Coun. Danielle Ingram suggested, favouring the later date over the Dec. 17 council meeting.
“Because once we make the decision, we’re either in or out.”
According to the report that will be revisited by council in the new year, licensed cannabis stores will be able to operate as of April 1, 2019 in Ontario municipalities that do not officially opt out prior to next month’s deadline.