Wasaga Beach wants your thoughts on cannabis retailing

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Wasaga Beach will be launching a survey to gauge the community’s feelings on cannabis retailers setting up shop in the community.

As part of the legalization of cannabis in 2018, the province left it up to municipalities to either allow retailing or not; for those that did, the province would provide funding through the Ontario Cannabis Legalization Implementation Fund for municipalities to address any issues that came with allowing retailers.

In late 2018, the town council decided the community would ‘opt out’ as a willing host for cannabis retailers. In December, council reaffirmed that decision to keep cannabis retailers out until municipal staff gauged how the retail experience was working in other communities, and consulted the public.

The survey, available on the town’s engagement portal Let’s Talk Wasaga (www.letstalkwasagabeach.ca), asks if the town should continue to opt-out, or if the community should be opened to cannabis retailers. Survey participants will have the opportunity to explain their preference.

If you’re not online, or not comfortable answering an online survey, letters can be dropped off at town hall (30 Lewis St.) to the attention of the economic development department, an email to [email protected], or by calling 705-429-3844, ext. 2274

The survey will be available until Sept. 4.

In a report to council’s coordinated committee, economic development officer Tyler King said staff have been monitoring ‘opt-in’ municipalities, and considering the potential economic opportunities of cannabis retailing.

The results of the survey will be presented to council in October.

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