Kitchener to talk pot store location with province Tuesday

The City of Kitchener will be discussing where the pot store will be located with the province on Tuesday.

City to bring forward local concerns to meeting, says bylaw enforcement director

The province will be meeting with the city staff in Kitchener to discuss the location for the first official pot store in the area. (The Canadian Press)

The City of Kitchener will be discussing with provincial officials about the location of the official pot store and "topics of local concern" on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

LCBO and the Ministries of Finance and Municipal Affairs announced they will visit the 14 cities in Ontario selected to get the first provincial cannabis stores when sales become legal on July 1, 2018.

Gloria MacNeil, director of bylaw enforcement with the City of Kitchener, told CBC News the province has provided an overview of next week's discussion, including guidelines for locations, public notification and the social responsibility measures.

"It's also an opportunity to discuss with them any of the municipalities' priorities in regards to where some of these store locations may be," said MacNeil.

The province has already said the stores will not be close to schools.

Ontario outlined its expectations for retail distribution once it becomes legal next year:

  • Start online distribution across the province by July 2018.
  • Open about 40 standalone cannabis stores by July 2018.
  • Open 80 stores by July 1, 2019 and 150 stores by 2020.

The province recently met with officials in London, another city to get a store next summer, to discuss the cannabis strategy.

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