Orillia Opts In For Cannabis Retail Locations

By a vote of 7-2 the city says yes ahead of the provincial deadline.

Orillia Council votes 7-2 in favour of allowing cannabis retail stores.

Council is saying yes to the positive economic impact and to a safe, regulated supply of cannabis.”

“By opting into the retail sale of cannabis in Orillia we are supporting all levels of government in their efforts to get illegal drugs off the street,” says Mayor Steve Clarke. “Although it is unknown when a cannabis retail store could potentially locate in Orillia, Council is saying yes to the positive economic impact and to a safe, regulated supply of cannabis.”

Opting in permits retail stores to be located in the city after April 1st provided the stores obtain authorization from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

Although no retail location will be located in Orillia at this time, cannabis can still be lawfully purchased online from the Ontario Cannabis Store.

In order to help with the implementation costs of recreational cannabis legalization, the province has indicated that it will provide municipal governments with at least $40 million in funding over two years. The first payment of $36,350 will be made available to the City of Orillia. The second payment is expected at a later date.

Also at their latest meeting, Council also considered a by-law to ban smoking/vaping of tobacco and cannabis on all property owned or leased by the City. They voted to postpone the final decision until further consultation could take place