Brampton Votes in Favour of Opening Cannabis Retail Stores in the City
BRAMPTON: After several weeks of public consultation, Brampton City Council voted 8-3 to allow privately-owned cannabis retail stores in Brampton. Councillor Charmaine Williams along with Councillors Gurpreet Dhillon and Harkirat Singh (Ward 9-10) voted to opt out. Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said “We have had a very open and in-depth engagement with our community and we thank them for being so actively involved. Through the many questions and views we heard from residents, having access to legally operating cannabis stores and the importance of provincial funding was highlighted. The City will continue to proactively engage higher levels of government to advocate for a long-term funding model to municipalities and the ability to impose restrictions regarding site locations and buffers around other sensitive land use, in addition to schools.” Ward 9 & 10’s Regional Councillor Gurpreet Singh Dhillon expressed his disappointment in Council’s 8-3 decision to allow the private sale of cannabis in Brampton.”This was a bad deal given to us by the province and we accepted it,” said Councillor Dhillon. “I am disappointed that Brampton did not join the vast majority of the 905 to vote against the private sale of cannabis in in our city,””The city will have no controls over how many pot shops will open and where they will locate, which is why I recommended opting out to send a strong message to the province, and to use the decision as leverage to get more local control first.” Regional Councillor Gurpreet Dhillon and Councillor Harkirat singh also took part in Channel Y Live discussion after the voting, where they expressed their concerns and shared their views on the city opting in for the retail Marijuana stores.