OTTAWA – Ontario cities likely won’t know until after this fall’s municipal elections how much time they have to decide against allowing brick-and-mortar cannabis shops in their communities.
The provincial government announced last week that municipalities would be given a one-time opportunity to opt out of hosting retail pot outlets.
But at a meeting in Ottawa, provincial officials have told municipal leaders that a final opt-out date has not been set.
That means newly elected municipal politicians will have a very short window of time to decide whether they want to allow pot shops in their communities.
Municipal elections are to be held Oct. 22 in Ontario — five days after the federal Liberal government’s cannabis legalization measures go into effect.
While municipalities can decide not to endorse private marijuana shops, provincial officials say they will be able to opt in at a later date.