Kitchener-Waterloo·Audio

New pot stores welcome in Kitchener and Guelph: city mayors

The mayors of Kitchener and Guelph say the new licensed cannabis stores coming to their cities will help protect public health and safety and prevent illicit activity associated with the drug.

Neither mayor expressed immediate concerns about the new stores

Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic said he was glad to have a store in the city, especially after seeing the impacts of illegal activity associated with cannabis use in the region. (David Horemans/CBC)

The mayors of Kitchener and Guelph say the new licensed cannabis stores coming to their cities will help protect public health and safety while also curbing the black market.

This week, aspiring pot shop owners in Kitchener and Guelph won the province's cannabis retail store lottery draw.

"It really boils down to creating a safer alternative to the illegal cannabis market," Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic told The Morning Edition's Craig Norris.

"This can help get much of that illegal product off the street, [and] allows police to focus on bigger issues," he said.

Guelph Mayor Cam Gurthrie also said he did not have concerns or reservations with the new store coming to Guelph's downtown, knowing that the move has been a long time coming.

The applicants now have until Aug. 28 to apply for a cannabis retail operator licence and store authorization.

Listen to the whole interview with Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic and Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie:

Kitchener and Guelph were both selected as potential locations in the cannabis lottery. Mayors of Guelph & Kitchener say the pot shops are good news for those who want it. However there still may be concerns about the what the future holds in this market. Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic and Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie join the Morning Edition. 7:49

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.