Caledon cannabis shops no longer a pipe dream as town considers opting in to pot shops

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Published February 1, 2024 at 2:05 pm

Caledon residents looking to partake in legal cannabis might not have to cross the border into Brampton to buy their green goodies as the town is considering lifting its ban.

The Town of Caledon is currently the lone holdout in Peel when it comes to allowing legal pot shops after Mississauga gave the green light to cannabis retailers last year.

But the town could be on the verge of signing on to the feds’ legal cannabis sales, some six years after it was introduced.

When legal cannabis was made available for sale in October of 2018, the province gave municipalities a one-time option to opt-out of having cannabis retail stores in their communities.

Caledon chose not to allow for cannabis stores in 2019, but the town is now reviewing that decision and is asking residents for their input with a new survey.

The questionnaire is just four questions long, but the town says feedback from residents and businesses will “help inform a decision about permitting retail cannabis stores in Caledon.”

The survey is open until March 1, and Caledon will also be holding an open house for residents to chat with cannabis retailers on Feb. 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Mississauga was the largest Ontario municipality to deny legal cannabis stores until last year.

Some members of city council had been pushing the province for control over where the pot shops would be allowed to open and do business – something the province hasn’t done for any other city.

A number of black market operations were found operating in the city regardless of the ban and efforts by police.

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