Pot stores on agenda at Toronto city council after two municipalities opt out

Pot stores on agenda at Toronto city council after two municipalities opt out
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TORONTO — Councillors in Toronto are set to debate whether to allow retail pot shops in Canada’s most populous city.

City staff recommend that councillors allow privately run cannabis stores to operate in Toronto.

The issue is on the agenda for today’s council meeting, a day after councillors in two neighbouring municipalities voted against having pot shops within their boundaries.

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Markham’s Frank Scarpitti, whose cities voted to opt out of hosting the stores, both said there are too many unanswered questions.

Toronto Mayor John Tory says he plans to move a motion to allow pot shops — while acknowledging he’s not satisfied with the way things are now.

The Progressive Conservative government has given communities until Jan. 22 to decide whether they want to opt out of hosting the stores, which are set to open starting in April.

Currently, a government-run online store is the only way to purchase recreational pot in the province.

The Canadian Press



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