Communities throughout jap Ontario are opting into the province’s scheme for licensing hashish retailers, although a lot of them are too small to qualify for the preliminary spherical of 25 areas.
Solely municipalities with greater than 50,000 residents can take part in Friday’s lottery by the Alcohol and Gaming Fee of Ontario (AGCO). Outcomes are anticipated to be introduced inside 24 hours of the draw.
Proper now, leisure hashish can solely be bought legally in Ontario by a government-run web site. The privately operated shops are set to open April 1.
In response to AGCO’s web site, “east area” communities that qualify for the preliminary spherical embody Barrie, Belleville, Kawartha Lakes, Kingston, Peterborough and Ottawa.
Ottawa, Kingston, and Peterborough have already opted in. Belleville and Barrie plan to decide Monday, and Kawartha Lakes will vote Tuesday.
Though their populations are too small to qualify for Friday’s draw, Cornwall and Hawkesbury have already opted in.
“If we do not resolve as we speak and we push the choice off to the longer term, what occurs is that the those who wish to make investments who open these shops — they’re going to be left with uncertainty,” Hawkesbury Coun. Antonios Tsourounakis mentioned Thursday.
“They should do research, they should do financing, they should do quite a lot of issues,” Tsourounakis mentioned. “A few of these folks would possibly go elsewhere. We’ll lose these investments.”
To date solely two communities within the AGCO’s east area have opted out: Township of Frontenac Islands close to Kingston, and Casselman, simply east of Ottawa.
A full record of the communities could be discovered right here..