The province of Ontario is making it hard for municipalities to say no to permitting cannabis stores in their communities.
At the special council meeting Tuesday, councillors will have to decide whether to say yes to allowing a legal retail cannabis store in Cambridge or forfeit approximately $128,000 in additional provincial funding for cannabis enforcement purposes. By opting out now and allowing a retail cannabis store later, the provincial funding is slashed to $69,000 for enforcement. Council has to make its decision before Jan. 22.
Although pot was legalized in October, many communities are struggling with allowing retail sales of cannabis within their jurisdiction.
A staff report being considered by council Tuesday recommends that Cambridge opt in now rather than later. Staff contend that federally controlled and inspected cannabis will be safer than the product available on the street.