TORONTO – Consultants in Toronto are scheduled to discuss whether to allow retail boat stores in Canada's largest city.
The city team recommends that council members allow private cannabis shops to operate in Toronto, saying that "this would have an unintended consequence of encouraging the illegal market."
The issue is on the agenda of today's board, the day after council members in two neighboring municipalities voted against the shops removed at their borders.
Board members in Mississauga and Markham voted on Wednesday to opt out of privately operated retail cannabis stores that are due to open in Ontario next spring.
The mayor of Mississauga, Bonnie Crombie and Frank Scarpetti, of Markham, said there were too many unanswered questions.
However, Toronto Mayor John Torrey says he plans to move traffic to the pirate shops, admitting that he is unhappy with the way things are now.
"For me, the possibility of saying they will not be in Toronto leaves us in a position where we are now, where we have a lot of illegal stores," Torrey told CP24 local television on Wednesday night.
"And I do not think we want it to remain in the hands of what comes to organized crime."