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Draw to determine cannabis retailers

By: Grant Burr

Posted: 05/13/2019 9:24 AM

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Niverville Mayor Myron Dyck says he is continuing to encourage the public to educate themselves on retail cannabis sales in the community.

The province has announced retailers for previously selected communities including Niverville will be chosen through a random draw Wednesday. Pre-qualified retailers will receive one ballot per community of interest and one winning ballot will be drawn for each identified community. A second standby retailer will also be chosen, if the winning retailer is unable or unwilling to open a store in the community for which they are drawn, the province said in a release.

Dyck noted that Niverville council has continued to do its due diligence on the issue. He said the town held a meeting with a representative from the province last week to learn more about retail cannabis sales. He added that he has also met with Niverville’s ministerial association to discuss the issue.

Provincial restrictions already limit where cannabis retail stores can be permitted. Dyck said that upon review the town has identified that a retail cannabis store could be permitted in Niverville’s industrial park or on the town’s east end along Bronstone Drive, the same street (adjacent to Provincial Road 311) where Niverville’s new town office opened last week.

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