Windsor Mayor Wants City To Opt Out Of Allowing Private Cannabis Stores

Article by Trevor Wilhelm, Windsor Star

Windsor mayor wants city to opt out of allowing private cannabis stores TREVOR WILHELM Mayor Drew Dilkens holds a press conference at City Hall to address rising crime in the downtown core, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. DAX MELMER / WINDSOR STAR

If Mayor Drew Dilkens has his way, there will be no cannabis retail stores in Windsor.

“That would be my choice, to take a pause, to opt out and take a wait and see approach,” said Dilkens. “See how it rolls out in other municipalities.”

“I’m trying to reconcile spending $200 million investing and trying to revitalize downtown in the last 10 years, and then moving forward saying we’re OK with these sites. We don’t really control where they’re located as long as they’re 150 metres away from a school.”

The recreational use of marijuana became legal across Canada on Oct. 17. Currently, the only way to legally buy cannabis in Ontario is the provincial government’s online cannabis store.

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