The City of Brampton is looking for input from residents ahead of the upcoming decision to opt in or out of allowing recreational cannabis stores within city limits.
A decision by Brampton’s newly elected council is expected in early December. In the meantime, residents can fill out an online survey.
The city has also contracted Environics, a third-party firm to conduct a telephone survey of 800 randomly selected residents. The phone survey is expected to start later this week, but the online survey is open to all.</p>
The online poll will be available on the city’s website up until 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 9.
The results of the survey won’t determine whether or not council ultimately decides to opt in or out of recreational cannabis sales, but will be included in a staff report for council’s consideration when it makes its decision at one of its first meetings of the next term.
While recreational marijuana was officially legalized across the country on Oct. 17, the only place Ontarians can legally obtain cannabis is through the government’s online store.
Municipalities were given until December to make their respective decisions on allowing pot shops in their communities after the new PC government under Doug Ford scrapped the previous government’s plans to sell recreational cannabis in LCBO-run stores.
Instead, the Ford government decided to privatize cannabis sales and issued new regulations earlier this month.
Those wishing to weigh-in on the debate can find the online survey at Brampton.ca.