Pubdate: Fri, 26 Jan 2018
Source: StarPhoenix, The (CN SN)
Copyright: 2018 The StarPhoenix
Author: Phil Tank
Page: A6


The City of Saskatoon wants public input on where marijuana outlets
should be located.

City hall has launched an online survey seeking residents' input on
where cannabis producers and retailers should be allowed to set up
shop. The federal government has set a deadline of July 1 to keep a
campaign promise to make recreational marijuana legal.

The survey seeks feedback on a variety of issues, ranging from public
consumption to safety of patrons and employees to protection from
"noxious odours" and shielding youth and "vulnerable" people.

The survey also asks whether outlets selling marijuana should be
allowed to locate in residential neighbourhoods, commercial areas or
industrial areas.

Other questions attempt to gauge support for mandating distances,
ranging from one block to more than two blocks, from other marijuana
stores, high schools, elementary schools, community centres and child
care centres.

Much of the provincial government's plan for marijuana legalization
remains unknown. More is expected to be announced, such as the legal
age for consumption, once the governing Saskatchewan Party chooses its
new leader and the next premier on Saturday.

The province announced earlier this month that it will issue 60
licences for private marijuana retail stores, including seven for Saskatoon.

The city's survey is active until Feb. 7. It can be found at

The results of the survey and the city's plans for marijuana bylaws
are expected to be made public in the spring.
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