A majority of Ottawa City Councillor’s voted today to allow retail cannabis stores in the capital.
Rookie Councillor Carol Anne Meehan did launch a passionate plea to opt out.
And, while many Councillors expressed frustration the province will likely leave them subsidizing police, bylaw, the health costs of cannabis and no zoning powers to dictate where the shops can open, the vote to allow cannabis stores passed
The City could receive up to $1 million annually from the province for hosting the retailers, whereas cities that opt out now would get as little as $5,000 if they decide to opt in later on.
If after two years the Ontario government earns more than $100 million from cannabis sales, the province would share the surplus with cities.