Toronto Staff Recommend Allowing Cannabis Retail Stores to Operate in City

Article by Westoll, Global News

Toronto municipal staff are recommending that city council should not opt out of allowing cannabis retail stores to operate in the city limits.

“It is anticipated that prohibiting legal cannabis retail stores would have the unintended consequence of encouraging the illegal market to continue to operate, either through storefronts selling illegal products or by driving illegal cannabis sales underground,” a newly released report being considered by Toronto city council on Thursday said.

“This would undermine efforts by all levels of government to prevent youth access to cannabis and would require increased municipal and police enforcement to address illegal operations.”

Under legislation announced by the Ontario government earlier this year for allowing privately run cannabis stores, the province’s municipalities have a one-time opt-out deadline of Jan. 22. Stores will be allowed to open as soon as April 1.

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