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Councillor disappointed that Motion to permit Wards to Opt Out of the Sale of Marijuana failed

TORONTO – Jim Karygiannis, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 22, Scarborough-Agincourt, is disappointed that his Motion to permit individual Wards to “opt out” of permitting marijuana dispensaries in their Wards.

“I am disappointed that my fellow Councillors did not support my Motion.” said Mr. Karygiannis.  “If individual municipalities are permitted to ‘opt out’, then individual Wards within a City the size of Toronto, should be granted the same option.  Our individual Wards have almost the same number of constituents as municipalities that are opting out.”

Mr. Karygiannis introduced the following Motion at the Toronto City Council Meeting on December 12, 2018:

” That City Council request the Province of Ontario to permit Council to delegate to each Ward Councillor the authority to decide whether to opt-in to provincially-licensed cannabis retail stores”

“During the recent municipal election, my constituents told me that they did not want marijuana dispensaries in their neighbourhood.” said Councillor Karygiannis. “They believe that marijuana dispensaries will negatively impact our community.”

The Ontario Provincial Government passed Bill 36, which allows municipalities to decide whether or not they would permit the sale of marijuana in their communities.  Toronto City Council will be debating whether or not the City of Toronto will permit the sale of marijuana within City limits.

“I will continue fighting to make sure that no cannabis dispensaries open in Scarborough-Agincourt” concluded Councillor Karygiannis. “If any are allowed to open I will keep a close eye on them”.