Brampton City Council voted Monday night at a special meeting to
A motion was brought forward by Rowena Santos (Ward 1-5) and seconded by Mayor Patrick Brown to opt in.
Brampton’s decision to opt in will guarantee the city anywhere between $742,000 and $2.9 million depending on how many other municipalities decide to opt in.
The vote wasn’t unanimous: Councillors Dhillon and Singh (Ward 9-10), along with Councillor Charmaine Williams (Ward 7-8) voted to opt out. Williams has been running a campaign since December against pot shops in the city.
Councillor Dhillon raised concerns about the lack of control Brampton and other municipalities have in the process. “Until they give us more controls, we don’t know if there will be a thousand shops here or one shop. We don’t know what this province can do.”
The majority of city council has remained relatively tight-lipped to allow the city to actively consult with the public the past couple of months.
There was a second motion which included a number of clauses to work closely with the province moving forward to ensure Brampton has its say in the process.
This second motion passed unanimously and asks that the city lobby for its proper portion of funding. 15
“We can still advocate for more control and our fair share regardless. The decision to opt in now guarantees us a larger share of the pie,” said Councillor Rowena Santos.
The city also wants to amend a bylaw to restrict exactly where cannabis can be used in public. It could restrict usage in public areas like parks, trails, libraries, daycares, and other
Brampton launched public consultation back in November and residents have remained divided on whether to opt in or not. A survey conducted by the city found that 54
Since then the city has conducted multiple in-person consultations and town halls, and has been taking feedback through email. About 15 residents delegated at the special meeting on Monday, some for, and some against opting in.
Brampton joins other cities like Toronto, Guelph