January 4, 2016 12:11 pm
Updated: January 4, 2016 8:05 pm

Toronto trustee candidate urges ban on sale of legalized pot near schools

WATCH ABOVE: A Scarborough school trustee candidate wants restrictions on where pot will be sold once it is legalized. She has launched a petition calling on city hall to prohibit the sale of marijuana within 500 metres of a school. Christina Stevens reports.


Sharon Kerr wants the sale of legalized marijuana kept 500 metres away from Toronto-area elementary, middle and secondary schools once the federal government’s prohibition on pot is lifted.

The Ward 21 trustee candidate recently launched a petition calling on the City of Toronto and the province of Ontario to introduce restrictions.

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“The decision about how and where marijuana can be sold has not yet been made. Please act now, before it’s too late,” Kerr wrote in a statement posted on the online petition.

Premier Kathleen Wynne said last month the province’s regulated liquor stores would be a good place to sell marijuana once it is legalized.

READ MORE: Wynne wants clear regulations on medical and recreational marijuana

“It makes sense to me that liquor distribution mechanism that we have in place, the LCBO, is very well suited to putting in place the social responsibility aspects that would need to be in place,” Wynne said following a joint meeting with Toronto Mayor John Tory on Dec. 14 at Queen’s Park.

“Obviously, I don’t know what the timeline is of the federal government. But it seems to me that using that distribution network of the LCBO, as has been talked about in other provinces, using their provincial institutions, I think that makes a lot of sense.”

The federal Liberal government reaffirmed its plan to legalize pot during the speech from the throne last month.

READ MORE: Medical marijuana risks may outweigh benefits for children: Canadian pediatricians

Kerr is running to replace Shaun Chen who was elected to represent the riding of Scarborough North as a Liberal MP.

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