January 16, 2019 1:27 pm

Cambridge city council approves legal cannabis stores

As Canadians ring in 2019, many will be reflecting on or even be consuming this country's newly legal party enhancer, marijuana. Back in October, the federal government rolled out legislation allowing Canadians to legally purchase cannabis. But as Robin Gill reports, there are still some potholes in the road ahead.

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Days after Kitchener and Waterloo city councils voted to approve legal cannabis stores in their boundaries, Cambridge is following suit.

On Tuesday, city council voted 7-1 in favour of opting in to the provincial plan to sell legal cannabis at private businesses.

READ MORE: Kitchener, Waterloo councils approve legal cannabis stores

In their report, city staff said opting in was a safer alternative than the illegal market.

Staff added the potential benefits of allowing private stores include product safety, crime reduction and added revenue from the province.

Cambridge had until Jan. 22 to decide whether it would opt in or out of the province’s plan.

READ MORE: Guelph council approves allowing cannabis retail stores to operate in city

Wilmot, Wellesley and Woolwich townships have also decided to allow retail cannabis stores.

North Dumfries is expected to make a decision on Jan. 21.

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