North Huron council reverses pot store decision

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NORTH HURON – North Huron council has reversed a previous decision to opt-out of allowing cannabis retail stores after receiving correspondence from an existing cannabis business.

A notice of motion to reconsider was brought forward and discussed at the March 15 meeting from this correspondence. The motion to reconsider was decided by council in the affirmative, a report from staff said.

The Green Cloud Cannabis retailer provided a business overview which said, “aside from the dispensing of cannabis flowers and concentrates, the store will offer a wide range of cannabis infused (both CBD and THC) edibles, topicals, and oils.

“Our clients will be provided with both high-end and affordable cannabis products. We want to build a brand that our customers will count on for professionalism, consistency, quality, and innovation.”

The Green Cloud Cannabis retail store, if approved by council, will be located at 296 Josephine St. in Wingham. The business would be renting the storefront.

A report was requested by council, to investigate the potential impact of the opt-in to cannabis retail stores in North Huron with AGCO and local municipalities that previously opted in. Staff was directed to contact the local business requesting them to provide additional information on their plans for the proposed cannabis retail store in North Huron.

The motion to permit the licensing of cannabis retail locations within its jurisdiction passed a recorded vote 5 – 2 with councillors Chris Palmer and Paul Heffer voting against.

Council directed staff to prepare a draft Cannabis Policy Statement for consideration and to present a report at a future meeting regarding the allocation of North Huron’s $10,000 Cannabis Implementation Legalization Implementation Funds.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times