OTTAWA – The City of Ottawa has asked the Liquor Control Board of Ontario to avoid neighborhoods in the city experiencing ‘socio-economic stress’ as they search for places to open cannabis stores once pot becomes legal this summer.
Provincial guidelines on where the shops can be located indicate they can’t be near schools, they must adhere to municipal zoning bylaws, provide equitable access to customers across the region and help combat illegal dispensaries.
The suggestion from the city to avoid troubled neighborhoods is causing a stir, as places like the east end of Rideau Street and Montreal Road have already seen illegal dispensaries.
President of the Quartier Vanier BIA, Mark Kaluski, tells the Citizen he wants to see a controlled, planned distribution of marijuana when it becomes legal.
Right now, there is no indication yet how many cannabis stores will open in Ottawa. The province opening 40 stores amongst 29 municipalities, and Rideau-Vanier councillor Mathieu Fluery tells the paper, from conversations with officials, he thinks the city could get three or four, come July.