Councillors in Richmond, B.C., say they are not prepared to allow storefront sales of marijuana in their city regardless of what model Ottawa eventually settles on once the drug is legalized.
The city is considering a bylaw that would ban illegal marijuana dispensaries, which other cities are controlling through business licences, and local politicians said they want it to continue even when marijuana is legal.
“Legalization doesn’t mean to say we have to follow suit,” councillor Bill McNulty said in an interview. “We want to keep a safe community. … Just because the federal government is there doesn’t mean to say they always make good decisions.”
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