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How to tell the city what you think about retail cannabis stores in Hamilton

Hamilton has released its survey to see how the public feels about having legal cannabis stores.
The City of Hamilton has launched a survey to get public opinion on legal cannabis retail stores. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

Hamilton has released its survey to see how the public feels about having legal cannabis stores. 

People have until Jan. 9 to vote on whether the city should opt in or out of allowing cannabis retail stores. The results will inform city councillors when they vote on Jan. 14.

The survey came from a debate this week, when city councillors voted 7-6 against having cannabis stores in Hamilton.

Some opponents want to hold off until the province hands over more money to deal with the costs of legalization. Others cite the headaches caused by illegal dispensaries, and lack of control over where the stores will be located.

Those in favour say the stores will bring new commercial taxies, economic spinoff, options for consumers and new jobs. 

Hamilton has until Jan. 22 to decide. The province is handing out 25 licences for an April 1 launch.

If Hamilton opts out, it can opt in later. If it opts in, it can't withdraw. 

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