Council considers possible retail locations for future cannabis store in Smiths Falls

Councillor Wendy Alford
Councillor Wendy Alford discusses the need for a cannabis retail store at Canopy Growth at the special committee of the whole meeting on Monday, July 15. Photo credit: Emilie Must
Posted on: July 16, 2019

At a special committee of the whole meeting Smiths Falls council voted all in favour of continuing the process to apply for a cannabis retail store in town. The Ontario government recently announced a second Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario lottery that will see 50 more private retailer stores across the province.

“Certainty one of our wishes is for Canopy to get their own retail store,” Councillor Wendy Alford said. “Cannabis is legal now and we should put no more barriers on it now than we do on alcohol.”

The cannabis retail policy statement defines sensitive use zones as schools, the library, municipal recreation facilities and municipal playgrounds. The amount of restrictive areas makes it difficult for a location in downtown core. 

“I think the buffer zone around the parks is too excessive,” Councillor McGuire said. “Nobody has a problem walking their kids past the LCBO. I don’t see why there would be any issues walking by a cannabis store.” 

Between May 3 and May 20 the town launched a public consultation on whether the restricted areas chosen were correct and the public’s overall opinion. The majority of respondents agreed that Canopy Growth should have a cannabis store on the campus. 

Council stressed that if a cannabis retail location is beside a park, it doesn’t mean the cannabis consumption areas have to be nearby. 

The town map shows the areas where a cannabis store would be possible and the areas with schools and parks that are restricted.

Article by Emilie Must

One thought on “Council considers possible retail locations for future cannabis store in Smiths Falls

  1. Sherry Pepper

    The best place for a retail store is in the Tweed building no need to have a store front near a park etc.

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