Stop Cannabis stores in Vaughan
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8 December 2018
Re: Retail of Cannabis in the City of Vaughan
On October 17th we saw recreational cannabis being legalized in Canada and Ontario now allows online purchases, however on April 1st 2019 we will be seeing private retail stores begin to sell cannabis. Leading up to this time, the province has provided the municipalities with a one-time window to opt out of retail sales.
As a resident，I am opposed to this initiative being spearheaded by the federal/provincial governments. The 150-meter distance from the property line or from a public or private school is not adequate, and it may put our children in insecure environment. The hours of the retail stores are not reflective of regular store hours, and will incur added security and staff training requirements, or be detrimental to the community safety! Also noted, is the fact that municipalities have a limited authority to pass by-laws to further restrict the locations where cannabis can be used which could be a stumbling block when trying to reign in the areas available for smoking cannabis, and cigarettes.
Given the reasons listed above and the facts that the potential long term costs of legalization of recreational marijuana to our community is still unknown, I am strongly opposed to allowing retail stores to sell cannabis in the City of Vaughan.
We must vote to opt out of retail cannabis stores in the City of Vaughan.
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