The Cannabis Council of Canada is adamant: Members want the Ontario government to immediately begin issuing more REC retail licenses. But Ontario municipalities have the final say about where those retail stores might go.
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In Windsor, city councillors who voted to opt into REC retail are at odds with city administrators, to whom they delegated REC retail.
- City administrators angered councillors by writing to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to formally oppose a planned REC store location. They argued the store was too close to a school and mental-health treatment centre, even though it was located outside provincial buffer limits around schools.
- Councillors accused city administrators of ignoring REC retail criteria they had laid out.
Last December, Toronto suburb Mississauga—Canada’s sixth largest municipality—opted out of REC retail. A year later, it’s rethinking that decision.
- Mayor Bonnie Crombie said she was “very startled” by the number of illicit dispensaries operating in Mississauga. She now believes it would be cheaper to allow legal REC than to opt out of REC retail and be forced to deal with illicit dispensaries.