One decision each council across Dufferin County will have to make in the next few weeks is whether or not they will opt-in or out of hosting cannabis retail stores.
Ontario has given municipalities until January 22 to make a decision. If they opt-in they won’t be able to opt-out.
myFM News reached out to the mayor’s of Orangeville, Shelburne and Grand Valley to get their take on what their town should do.
Shelburne Mayor Wade Mills says he doesn’t see the approval of a marijuana production facility in town influencing his descision when it comes to cannabis retail.
Mills is ready to wait and see how retail works in other municipalities, adding that there are a lot of unknowns and that he doesn’t want to rush a decision.
Grand Valley Mayor Steve Soloman says he doesn’t want to wait and see how weed retail plays out in other towns and cities.
Soloman adds that since a cannabis production facility is being built in town, it makes sense to extend municipal laws permitting cannabis retail.
Orangeville Mayor Sandy Brown is in favour of opting in.
Brown adds that he would like to update Orangeville’s smoking bylaws to include cannabis, limiting use to private property.