December 12: Mississauga, Ontario – Today, Mississauga City Council in a vote of 10-2 rejected establishing retail cannabis stores in the municipality – for now.
Despite interventions by the Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) and several cannabis businesses, a vast majority of Council did not believe they had enough information or certainty to make a decision to opt in to retail stores before the deadline of January 22, 2019.
If a municipality decided to opt in, private retail cannabis stores could open after April 1, 2019 subject to strict criteria established by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (ACGO).
“We are disappointed by today’s decision but understand Council needs more clarity before allowing retail stores to open up,” said David Wojcik, President & CEO, MBOT. “Municipalities feel a little rushed into making this decision. We would encourage the Provincial Government to go back and further consult municipalities on this, so we can get the model right.”
Brad Butt, Director of Government Relations, MBOT made a deputation to Council today on the issue. A copy of his statement can be view online at:
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