Ontario Says Cities Will Have ‘Short Window’ to Opt Out of Cannabis Shops – but Can’t Say How Short

Ontario government officials signalled on Wednesday that local councils elected this fall will have to make a speedy decision on whether to allow private retail pot shops in their cities and towns – but they weren’t able to tell municipalities exactly how much time they’ll get to make the call.

The Ford government has said it will launch a private retail store system for selling legal recreational marijuana on April 1, 2019, and it will give Ontario municipalities a one-time chance to opt out of having those physical shops within their boundaries.

At a conference of Ontario municipalities hosted in Ottawa, Nicole Stewart of the provincial finance ministry told delegates the government hasn’t yet determined the start and end dates for that “opt out” period – but those dates will “certainly be communicated prior to the end of the municipal elections” on Oct. 22.

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