With the forthcoming legalization of cannabis in Canada, municipalities across the country are considering how they will deal with issues such as public consumption and retail locations. For further information on this timely issue, please see the Brownlee LLP presentation entitled Cannabis in Your Community: Can it be Controlled? (authored by our Charlotte St. Dennis), or feel free to contact a member of our Municipal Group.
City administration is proposing a lottery system to help determine who gets a development permit for a cannabis shop when marijuana becomes legal this year. The random selection process would help the city avoid prejudice in screening applicants, city staff said at a public hearing Monday at city hall. For prospective retailers who have already invested in design, leases and architecture work, the proposed lottery leaves too much to chance.