Arnprior council is expected to discuss on Monday whether or not to allow retail cannabis stores in the community. We here at myFM News took to the streets to see what Arnprior residents had to say on the matter.
The province is only awarding 25 licences for retail outlets this application period, and the lucky companies who get to apply for one will be chosen by a lottery. The government says it had to set a firm cap on the number of stores that will open this spring because there simply isn’t enough supply to meet demand for cannabis. It is also expected that only towns or cities with a population over 50,000 will be eligible to host a store in round one, meaning towns in the Upper Ottawa Valley may not see a store for quite some time. For its part, Renfrew council opted last week to not vote on the matter yet, but did signal it would discuss it at its next meeting, which falls on the same day the province had set for municipalities to opt in or opt out of having retail cannabis stores in their communities. If a municipality chooses not to respond, it’s an automatic opt in.