Can a town pass on legal weed stores? Some Richmond Hill councillors hope so

Can a town pass on legal weed stores? Some Richmond Hill councillors hope so
From Global News - December 7, 2017

As the rollout looms for marijuana retail sales in Ontario,Richmond Hillcouncillors are trying to nip things in the bud.

At a committee meeting on Monday, members of councilpassed a motionto advise the provinces attorney general and local MPPs that the Toronto suburb is not a willing host of a cannabis retail location.

Neil Garbe, chief administrative officer for the Town of Richmond Hill, told the Tasha Kheiriddin Show on Thursday that the decision was based on overwhelmingly negative feedback from the public.

Some who spoke out were opposed to legalization in general, he explained, while others expressed concerns over the potential location of stores, keeping children safe, impaired driving and crime.

LISTEN: Neil Garbe joins Tasha Kheiriddin on 640 Toronto

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It was a whole range of issues people were talking about at our meeting, and before and after the meeting, Garbe said.

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The motion, moved by Richmond Hill Mayor Dave Barrow, is on the agenda for theDec. 11 general meeting of council. If adopted, Garbe said it wont be enough to prevent marijuana stores from being established within the townits up to the province to decide whether to honour councils wishes.

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A spokesperson for the Ministry of Finance told 640 Toronto that if a municipality is not prepared to locate a store, the province will defer locating in that municipality.


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