Over the last few weeks, The City of Brampton asked residents for their opinion on whether or not cannabis retail stores should be allowed to operate in Brampton.
Through in-person surveys at locations across the city, a town hall event and a Special Council Meeting, Bramptonians have had plenty of opportunities to speak their minds and offer their suggestions.
There is a wealth of information about the legislation around cannabis, retail cannabis, and Brampton-specific details at brampton.ca/cannabis, as well as regularly updated details on dates and locations for engagement opportunities.
Every effort was made to remove any barriers that prevented residents from weighing in, there were In-person surveys (available in English, French, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Tamil and Gujarati) and that pretty much covered up language-front barriers.
These were held on January 8, 2019 at Brampton Soccer Centre, 1495 Sandalwood Parkway East, Cassie Campbell Community Centre, 1050 Sandalwood Parkway West, Earnscliffe Recreation Centre, 44 Eastbourne Drive, Gore Meadows Community Centre & Library, 10150 The Gore Road and at Chinguacousy Wellness Centre, 995 Peter Robertson Boulevard, Century Gardens Recreation Centre, 340 Vodden Street East, South Fletcher’s Sportsplex, 500 Ray Lawson Boulevard and the Flower City Seniors Centre, 8870 McLaughlin Road.
A Brampton Town Hall Event called Cannabis Retail Stores was held on January 10 at 7 pm at the City Hall Conservatory, 2 Wellington Street West. Residents attended and listened to a panel discussion on retail cannabis.
A Special Council Meeting will be held at City Hall on January 21, 2019, at 7 pm. Residents who wish to participate should visit brampton.ca/CityHall/HaveYourSay/Pages/Participate for details.
In a statement to residents Mayor Patrick Brown said: “We want to hear what Brampton has to say. Council needs to make an informed decision on this important issue, so please take advantage of the opportunities to have your say.” -CINEWS