Parry Sound residents will have their opportunity to let Town Council know how they feel about private cannabis sales in town.

Parry Sound Town Council has until January 22, 2019, to decide if it will opt-out of permitting the sale of cannabis within the municipal boundary.

As of April 1st, 2019, the Ontario government will allow the sale of recreational cannabis in selected stores across the province.

Because of a national shortage of cannabis, the province will issue only 25 permits by lottery for the businesses selling marijuana in the first phase of licensing.

Municipalities have the option of not permitted the sale of the drug by opting out of the program. By doing so, they will receive less money from the province for storefront finance assistance and community awareness programs.

Once a municipality has opted-in, the decision is permanent and irreversible.

If a municipality doesn’t opt-out by a resolution of council or hasn’t made a decision by January 22nd, that municipality will be assumed to have opted-in.

The public meeting will take place Tuesday, December 18th, beginning at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Office at 52 Seguin Street (Gibson Street entrance).