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Brampton councillor campaigns for ban on legal retail cannabis stores


​Brampton councillor campaigns for ban on legal retail cannabis stores

Rachael D'Amore CTV News Toronto

A newly-elected Brampton councillor is making pot her first order of business.

Charmaine Williams, who represents Ward 7 and 8, wants the city to ban retail cannabis sales, claiming the majority of her constituents are on her side.

Williams says she has polled residents in both wards and met with members of the community on the topic.

"They're really concerned so I had to support the community," she said. "Brampton is known as 'The Flower City' and we don't want weed in our garden."

Over the weekend, she knocked on doors, offering to place signs supporting her cause on lawns.

The bright yellow and black signs show a marijuana plant leaf with the words “Not In Our Neighbourhood” – the title of her campaign effort.

Though the Ontario government has pledged $40 million to help municipalities deal with cannabis legalization over two years, Williams said her constituents are concerned about safety.

“They’re just worried about the proximity to the schools. With the province saying 150 metres, that makes them very concerned,” Williams said.

According to the Cannabis Licence Act, municipalities can opt out of having storefront cannabis stores if they choose, but the one-time decision must be made before Jan. 22, 2019.

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