The news is welcome to Toronto’s cannabis community
Toronto residents and visitors will be able to buy cannabis in the city at retail stores in 2019.
In a 20-to-four vote on Thursday, Toronto council approved allowing privately run businesses to operate in the city’s borders under a provincial licensing regime.
Municipal staff said in a report permitting the stores to open would crack down on the illegal cannabis market and would reduce marijuana access by youth.
“I felt the risk of opting out, the risk of ending up with an uncontrolled spread of these illegal and pop-up dispensaries, which I think caused us grave problems and cost us huge amounts of money in terms of enforcement … was greater than adopting the approach we’ve taken,” Tory told reporters after the vote Thursday evening.
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