January 11, 2018 2:04 pm
Updated: January 11, 2018 6:39 pm

More than a dozen Manitoba municipalities say ‘no’ to retail sale of pot

Manitoba municipalities were asked if they would allow the retail sale of pot and the results are in.

Global News File

18 Manitoba municipalities have said they will not allow retail sales of cannabis in their municipalities.

But the majority, 97 out of 137 municipalities, are in favor of retail stores selling pot in their towns.

In 2017 the conservative government said the decision would be up to each municipality.

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On Thursday the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) shared how municipalities responded to that provincial survey:

  • 97 indicated they would allow retail sales of cannabis in their municipalities
  • 18 have said they won’t, and
  • 22 remain undecided

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In December the RM of Gimli passed a resolution to say no to retail cannabis stores, at least for now.

READ: Manitoba municipality votes ‘no’ to pot

“We feel the government hasn’t laid out a strong enough plan,” Mayor Randy Woroniuk told Global News on Dec. 17. “We’re saying no, for now.”

The Pembina Valley Reeves and Mayors held a meeting Dec. 11 to discuss the provincial preparations for pot legalization, chaired by Winkler Mayor Martin Harder.

The province had asked each RM to indicate which way they were voting by Dec. 22.

This is the AMM spreadsheet indicating which communities said ‘no’:

The Association of Manitoba Municipalities released their spreadsheet showing how communities voted with respect to allowing retail pot outlets.

AMM / submitted

This is the list of communities saying they were ‘still undecided’:

The AMM spreadsheet shows which communities indicated they were not yet decided on whether or not they would allow pot sales.

AMM / submitted

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