A proposed cannabis store is getting a lot of attention in Shelburne.
Many residents have approached Steven Anderson, deputy mayor, about additional steps before the place can open.
“The sign is up, and people are wondering if the council has cleared it of the last remaining steps,” said Anderson. “I think some of this caught people by surprise, and they were wondering if the council is involved and approved.”
Shelburne council previously opted-in to host retail cannabis stores in 2018. It also includes a prohibition of consumption of the plant in public spaces.
Once council cleared that and the town received funding, the store proprietors have to go through the business licence application process. Before proprietors do this, however, there are federal, provincial and Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) requirements that must be met, one of which includes a public notice placard on the proposed building.
“My understanding is some of the licensing requirements through the other agencies is quite a stringent process,” said Mayor Wade Mills. “I think there are a few hurdles that any potential operator has to clear before it gets to our municipal approval phase.”
Anderson read the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) was going to release additional funding of enforcement for these establishments. Jennifer Willoughby, the town clerk, said the funding had been previously announced.
“We received $10,000, and it was to be an ongoing mechanism, but when COVID hit, I don’t believe they are going to follow through on that,” said Willoughby.
Denyse Morrissey, the chief administrative officer, said they overbudgeted the funding amount for enforcement of rules in 2020.