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Regina city council votes down cannabis moratorium bylaw

Regina city council reverse a recent decision to put a temporary moratorium on cannabis stores.
Regina city council reverse a recent decision to put a temporary moratorium on cannabis stores. Sarah Komadina / Global News

On Wednesday, Regina city council reversed a recent decision to put a temporary moratorium on new cannabis retail stores in the city.

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Council struck down the new bylaw on its second reading that would have put a hold on new cannabis retail stores until next year.

Back in July, the majority of councillors supported the idea of waiting to approve new stores until a market analysis could be reviewed next year.

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“The legal market competes with the illicit market on at least three factors: there’s quality, there’s priceĀ  and there’s convenience,” says Jason Childs, who was one of several delegates that spoke at council regarding the moratorium.

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“Locally we can’t control quality or price, but we can influence convenience, and this moratorium on expanding the number of regional outlets, goes the opposite direction.”

With the information presented to council by delegates, the motion for the bylaw was voted down.

Mayor Micheal Fougere was among those who voted against the motion.

“I want to thank the delegates for their information, they have convinced me that the impact is significant of the jobs created, but as well its impact on the black market to shrink that is really super important,” Fougere said.

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Cannabis retail applications will open to the free market in the province come September.

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