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Council not high on the idea of new Front Street cannabis shop

Mayor's office to send letter to AGCO expressing concern over dispensary opening close to Thorold high school
Cannabis / Photo: UNSPLASH

A new cannabis shop on Front Street will be seeing some pushback from the city after council decided to send a letter to the province’s Alcohol and Gaming Commission.

The commission is currently processing an application from Coconut Cannabis, who wants to set up shop on 50 Front Street.

“I don’t feel it’s an appropriate location,” said Coun. Victoria Wilson during a meeting this week.

“It is right by the Tim Hortons and Thorold high. Anyone who has tried getting a coffee there in the mornings know that it is nearly impossible because there are several teenagers there.”

The store, if approved, would be the third legal outlet where Thorold residents can buy legal weed.

Councillors Anthony Longo and Ken Sentance agreed to the motion, but noted that it likely wouldn’t be effective, since the city policy permits cannabis shops to operate in areas zoned for retail.

“Once we allowed for cannabis shops to operate here, we could have 25 of them on Front Street and not being able to do anything about it,” Longo said.

“But sure, let’s send a letter.”

According to the processing page, the public notice for the application will end on Monday.

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Ludvig Drevfjall has been the editor of ThoroldToday since January 2020. He has worked as a journalist in Sweden, British Columbia and Ontario
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