Media Release - Lincoln Opts In to Cannabis Retail
For Immediate Release
Lincoln Council opts in to permitting cannabis retail stores
Lincoln, ON – (Jan. 21, 2019) – At a special Council meeting tonight, Town of Lincoln Council has voted, with a 7-2 vote, to permit cannabis retail stores in Lincoln. Council is also requesting from the Province greater regulatory control and input for location of stores, advertising and signage, hours of operation, restrict or prohibit operations violating local by-laws, and number of stores within Lincoln.
Currently cannabis for recreational use is only legal for purchase through the Province’s online store. Effective April 1, 2019, private retail stores will open across Ontario, and regulated and licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). Municipalities were given the opportunity by the Province to opt in or opt out of retail stores in their communities. The deadline is Jan. 22, 2019.
Only communities with a population with over 50,000 were eligible for retail stores in the AGCO lottery for April 1, 2019, licensing. Therefore, interested operators wishing to open retail stores in Lincoln were not eligible during this round of licensing. The Province has not indicated when opportunity for additional licensing will be available.
The Town will receive approximately $12,000 in funding from the Province to assist with implementation costs of cannabis legalization. The Province has committed to share the cannabis excise tax with municipalities to make sure local governments across the province can manage the transition to legal recreational cannabis.
“Cannabis is legal for recreational use and sale in Canada,” stated Mayor Sandra Easton. “Council has opted in as we continue building public policy that creates opportunity for prosperity in Lincoln. Council is committed to balancing these economic drivers with citizen concern and is working with the Province for more local control and regulation.”
Chief Strategic Communications & Public Affairs Officer
Office of the CAO
Town of Lincoln
Office: 905-563-2799 ext. 230
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