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Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge councils to vote on cannabis stores this week

Five of seven municipalities in Waterloo Region will decide whether or not they want a cannabis retail outlet in their community over the next few days.

Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Wilmot and Woolwich councils to vote over the next two days

Five of seven municipalities in Waterloo Region will decide whether or not they want a cannabis retail outlet in their community over the next few days. (David Horemans/CBC)

Retail cannabis stores are on the agenda of five city and township councils this week in Waterloo Region.

In meetings scheduled Monday and Tuesday, councils will vote on whether to opt in or out of having physical marijuana stores set up in their community.

On Monday, Wilmot, Kitchener and Waterloo will vote on the issue. While Tuesday, Cambridge and Woolwich councils will vote.

North Dumfries will meet Monday, Jan. 21. That's the day before the deadline for all municipalities in Ontario to let the province know their plans. 

Municipalities across the region have been consulting regional council as well as the Waterloo Regional Police Service to look at a common strategy for selling cannabis at the retail level.

Guelph and Wellesley Township council already voted to allow retail cannabis stores in their communities. Despite the green light from council, Wellesley likely won't see a store any time soon.

Ontario's pot regulations stipulate that private stores can't be located in a municipality smaller than 50,000 people until the province grants more than 25 retail licenses.