What’s next now that Hamilton has opted in for legal cannabis stores
When it comes to legal cannabis stores the City of Hamilton is officially open for business.
Counicllors voted 10-6 in favour of opting in for private retail locations during a special council meeting Monday night. But what does the decision mean? There’s still plenty that’s up in the air, including who will be opening stores, where they’ll be located and how the move will affect the black market.
Here’s a look at what we know and what we still don’t know about the impact opting in will have on Hamilton.
We said yes. What happens now?
On Tuesday Hamilton submitted formal written notice to the Alcohol and Gaming Comission of Ontario (AGCO) letting it know the city will permit cannabis retail stores, said Jason Thorne, the city’s general manager of planning and economic development. Staff are now working to develop a protocol to review and provide commentary on individual cannabis store applicaitons.
“We will also be including steps to ensure that the public is aware that there is an application and how they can also provide comments on these applications to the AGCO,” he added.