MARIN: On pot shops, Ottawa council should opt-in
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MARIN: On pot shops, Ottawa council should opt-in

These are artist conceptions of mihi, a chain of retail cannabis shops being developed for Ontario. One of the most urgent decisions the newly sworn-in Ottawa city council will have to decide is whether to opt out of having any cannabis stores. That decision must be made by Jan. 22. Mayor Jim Watson appears to be in favour of the new cannabis store regime. A consensus is emerging that city council will do the right thing and vote alongside Watson. The private sector is investing heavily in making cannabis stores appealing. They’ve been compared with LCBO-style stores. An artist’s conception of what one of those stores look like is more in line with a Nespresso store — warm and appealing. During the Monday night swearing-in ceremony, Watson said he received over 6,000 letters and emails on the issue of cannabis stores. No news on whether the authors were pro or con. If the informal online poll run by the Ottawa Sun is any indication, support is overwhelming. Out of 890 votes, 679 (or 76.29%) voted in favour, while 211 (or 23.71%) cast their vote against it. Rideau-Vanier Coun. Matthieu Fleury has adopted a NIMBY (Not in my Backyard) approach, […]

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