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ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES STILL CONFUSED ABOUT REC RETAIL

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.
CBC Ottawa, Twitter—C3

In Windsor, city councillors who voted to opt into REC retail are at odds with city administrators, to whom they delegated REC retail.
Windsor Star

  • 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.
    CBC Windsor
  • Councillors accused city administrators of ignoring REC retail criteria they had laid out.
    Blackburn News

Last December, Toronto suburb Mississauga—Canada’s sixth largest municipality—opted out of REC retail. A year later, it’s rethinking that decision.