Outremont prohibits the opening of the SQDC in the borough

Outremont has decided to ban the sale of recreational cannabis in the borough following feedback from the community. AT Encounter on the evening of February 7, the elected officials put it to the vote and the results were 3 against 2 against cannabis sales.

The SQDC had wanted to open a new branch in Outremont on Van Horne Avenue, but residents refused.

During an information session, “some citizens present expressed their concerns about the possible establishment of an SQDC in the sector”, according to the borough council. minutes of meetings. During an online consultation period on the sale of cannabis for recreational purposes, 47 people “expressed their wish that the sale of cannabis be prohibited throughout the borough”.

At the end of January, the SQDC abandoned its plan to open in the region, the council said. What’s more, provincial law already dictates that a City of Montreal cannabis store cannot be within 150 meters of most educational institutions (except universities).

Outremont’s ban specifically targets dispensaries for recreational users. Medical cannabis dispensaries are still permitted under the new policy. “This article does not apply to a business of a person authorized by Health Canada to act as a dispensary for cannabis for medical purposes,” the borough council specified in its February 7 decision.

Outremont Mayor Laurent Desbois says residents already have ample opportunity to get their fix without new dispensaries.

“There are seven SQDCs within a 3.5 kilometer radius in Outremont. Plus, same-day SQDC delivery for online orders. Outremont is one of the best served neighborhoods by SQDCs in Quebec” , said Desbois. The duty.

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