Cannabis Retail Stores, share your thoughts

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What are your thoughts about cannabis retail stores in Sarnia?

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  • Jeffrey Thornton over 1 year ago
    We are living in a different world, new understanding of the benefits can and has helped people. The only or main concern I would have is, management of the process, and I think fro. What I've heard the CBD has clinic in town has been helpful. I just know that, in other countries in Europe for example, I dont think it's gotten out of hand, and people are enjoying themselves respectfully, if that's the right adjective.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      They are enjoying increasing there chances of lung cancer. These stores will make the city look like trash.
  • Beanzjo over 1 year ago
    Sarnia should definitely open retail stores it's legal, no reason to not have this available the stores have been selling paraphernalia for years now let's make this profitable and available for our residents. Small business can prosper and clients can be happy with being able to shop local and support our own.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Those stores that sold the paraphernalia, make the city look like trash. They are ran by low income people and the store fronts are ugly. We need to cleam up the city to look classy, not bring it down to look like “the hood”.
  • Denise Robertson over 1 year ago
    I am for retail stores
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      It will make the city look like trash
  • Gaston Croteau over 1 year ago
    If the establishment is clean looking and well run, in an area where other retailers have outlets and is professional and licensed. Pays business tax like any business should, keeps records and accounts, abides by the laws of the land and the by laws of the city.. I say fine go for it
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      It will make the city look like trash, just like all the cash advance stores and canabis related stores already here.
  • Paul over 1 year ago
    It will make the city look like trash. We already have multiple advance cash stores all over the city. We dont need it. If you want to order it online, the go ahead. Most stores are closing already; due to people shopping online, so why dont they continue buying this too?
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    • CHirlehey over 1 year ago
      Because this is not a product people want to buy and then wait 4 days for. Much like beer, liquor, food, etc.
    • rslyzuk over 1 year ago
      Also, many people would like the option to discuss different products and strains with trained professionals. Not all cannabis products are created equal.
    • Steve Campbell over 1 year ago
      please explain how cash stores are relevant to this discussion?....the city look like trash?..been like that for years anyway..most stores are closing because they are not legal to open until April 2019...have you read up on any of these things or are you just an old school anti-cannabis kind of person?
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      • La_TA over 1 year ago
        Steve,
        You're right. The city has looked like trash for years. No innovation, no investment, no new people or ideas allowed to cut through the 'old guard'. I seriously wonder if our opinion on this forum is even considered. If there are liquor stores then cannabis should be ok too.
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        • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
          Agreed - the forum is checking the box for community participation. Someone that wants to make Sarnia "great again" (some of the recently elected) may just continue to go down the old path.
      • Paul over 1 year ago
        I am not talking about Cannabis stores. I am talking about retail stores in general.
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        • SteveB over 1 year ago
          You’re part of the reason Sarnia has stayed stangnant in economic development.
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          • Paul over 1 year ago
            Why is that SteveB? Because I would like to see Sarnia grow in a better way? I would love to see more large corporations move to Sarnia and manufacturing jobs created. Rather than weed stores selling drugs to people.
    • curtistobichaud over 1 year ago
      The stores that have been built all over the country have a boutique aesthetic and could easily fit in to a lively downtown space without drawing too much attention.
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      • Paul over 1 year ago
        I thought we wanted to clean up downtown? Not open up more low income trashy stores.
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        • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
          Nobody is forcing you to shop there. Somebody frequenting a cannabis store has disposable income to do so and likely does not fall in the low income bracket that you seem to despise.
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          • Paul over 1 year ago
            83% of recreational pot users in Sarnia, have an income of $53,000 or less.
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        • Marihuana quizz over 1 year ago
          I can see from your comments that you have no education in the purpose of cannabis and the stores that sell this product. I would remind you that many people who have medical problems are being treated very successfully by medical marijuana. I personally am a retired police officer who needs this treatment and resent being referred to as low income trash.
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          • Paul over 1 year ago
            You could always get marijuana medically. This debate is about selling it in stores to the public. Im not talking about the people who need this for medical conditions, Im talking about the ones that use it for recreational use for getting stoned; they are the low income trash.
        • leester92 over 1 year ago
          Amazing job Paul, appreciate the knowledge and keep up the good work
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          • Paul over 1 year ago
            Thanks Lester. It is difficult to spread knowledge and facts to people who are misinformed. Thanks for the support. Spread the word that this is not a good thing for the city.
    • Andy Swanstrom over 1 year ago
      Maybe you don't understand how this works Paul but clearly the majority wants this, your arguments about making the city trashy are pretty well going to be moot once you see the stores obviously you have never seen a dispensary they compare to an apple store.
      I would suggest instead of wasting your time being the sole person arguing on here and educate yourself on the real benefits of this.
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      • Paul over 1 year ago
        Willies weed shop and bong store does not look like an Apple store. High Times downtown looks like a store that belongs in the hood in harlem.
      • Paul over 1 year ago
        The majority of who? This forum? Lmao
    • A.smythe over 1 year ago
      Literally every comment I see from you is you griping about how "trashy" this city is and how it's only gonna get worse with the dispensaries, if you dislike this city so much to be this adamantly vocal about how terrible it is, why not just move and find yourself a nice little back woods hovel that supports your outdated ideals?
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      • Paul over 1 year ago
        Smythe you are mistaken. I dont dislike this city. I do dislike some decisions that the council makes. If we keep allowing bad decisions to be made such as this, our city will look like trash and a lot of people will leave. As for me, I will be here for a long time regardless because of family and business ties.
  • A.smythe over 1 year ago
    I believe we should open marijuanna retail stores.
  • Peghaines over 1 year ago
    If you drag your heels, like you did on casino, we will be losing again, I’m sure Point will jump all over it and bask in the revenue generation.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      The city does not benefit from Sales. Taxes go to Ottawa not to the direct municipality. This is not like a casino at all. It is like opening a gas station.
  • transman over 1 year ago
    Pot shops should be open to of age adults the same as beer stores, or liquor stores. What's the problem here? Pot has always been available in Sarnia and it's about time to bring it out of the shadows.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      It will make the city look trashy
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      • The CodFather over 1 year ago
        trashy ? lol and what are the chemical plants tourist attractions? or the railyard lets get rid of both of those if you want to get rid of "trashy". if you want a nice view go to the waterfront.
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          Cod, chemical valley is definitely an eye sore; however it is not located in our residential or commercial areas of the city, and chemical valley provides jobs for over 20,000 people, a canabis store provides jobs for a hand full of low income stoners. Big difference.
  • Finch21 over 1 year ago
    There's a market for it, an opportunity for small businesses, keep it convienant, keep money in our community instead of online or the LCBO
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      We do not want Willies weed shop opening up beside every cash advance store. This city needs to get rid of the trashy stores not open more.
  • The_truth_is_the_truth over 1 year ago
    I like to think that the only ones that would oppose retail stores would be black market dealers. Would black market sales continue if Sarnia residents did not have good access to legal cannabis? Which is more of a concern...a retail cannabis store or black market deals in a parking lot?
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      I oppose and I am not a dealer.
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      • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
        Short sighted
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      • leester92 over 1 year ago
        That is exactly what a dealer would say...
  • Marihuana quizz over 1 year ago
    Absolutely necessary for both medical treatment and business opportunity.
  • Kevin Boughner over 1 year ago
    It is now legal.
    There is no reason to continue being a part to further prohibition.
    This will draw visitors from the US thus it will bring in increased tourism and revenue, but if Sarnia opts. out they will lose out just like they did with the casino. Point Edward or Corrunna will step up to the plate and we will lose valuable jobs and tax money.
    There will always be people who will demonize cannabis just like alcohol so you cannot keep everyone happy. But the times are changing and Sarnia should not be left behind because misinformation due to past campaigns to demonize cannabis like "Reefer Madness".
    There may be an upside also and that would be to reduce people's dependency on opiates... which I see as a much larger issue in Sarnia (and many parts of Canada) then someone opening a licensed cannabis dispensary.
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    • MVRes over 1 year ago
      A proposition for Legalizing Cannabis was just voted on in Michigan on Nov 6th and it passed. I'm not sure when it will go into effect, but now that it has, I don't know how that may impact Cannabis tourism.
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      • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
        The US - Canada border is a an international border, so they won't care about state legislation when someone crosses, cannabis is considered illegal at the border when crossing into the US.
    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Oh that’s nice. Sell to the people that it is illegal for them to buy it. Might as well sell it to minors too.
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          Boner, your optimism is so heart warming. However, the reality to this is that if we start opening uo weed shoos it will make the city look horrible. It doesnt matter if its legal or not, thus is a filthy habit and it only attracts bums. If prostitution were legal, it wouldnt look good if we opened a brothel next to your grandmas house, now would it?
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          • acocozzo over 1 year ago
            Yes, because at 7-15$ a gram - that’s definitely something a “bum” can afford! I don’t think you realize there are a lot of people in the upper tax brackets that also consume and enjoy cannabis. It’s 2018.
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            • Paul over 1 year ago
              Acocozzo, it doesn’t matter if you’re a billionaire, it still makes you stink and look like trash.
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              • Pete vanWijnen over 1 year ago
                Paul you are so out of touch with reality....
          • Tylerkapteyn over 1 year ago
            You keep saying this and I feel you don't understand how many hard working everyday citizens smoke weed your ignorance is pitiful
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            • Paul over 1 year ago
              Im saying the majority are welfare bums. I dont think I know a single person on queen st that doesnt smoke. It seems to follow every low income family.
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              • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
                Any more stereotypes, Paul?
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                • Paul over 1 year ago
                  I can go on and on
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                  • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
                    How does that add anything meaningful?
              • Trick over 1 year ago
                What a terrible thing to say. You are so poorly informed.
          • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
            Paul, since you are opposed to filthy habits, do you want to close the LCBO stores in town and ban the sale of tobacco? Legal substances as well....
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            • Paul over 1 year ago
              Ban Tobacco yes. Close the LCBO no.
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              • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
                Surely convenience store owners will fully support your position.
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                • Paul over 1 year ago
                  Yes. There would be a lesser chance of them getting robbed. Same if they didnt sell cigarettes or lottery tickets.
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                  • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
                    So we should close pharmacies to lessen the chances of them being robbed while not touching the LCBO? I see limited logic in your previous posts but that may be a matter of perspective. Regardless - I'm done arguing- we disagree and that's fine.
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                    • Paul over 1 year ago
                      I didnt say remove those things. I said dont add more reason to rob these stores. I appreciate you finally agreeing not to argue anymore. Thank you
          • Trick over 1 year ago
            Poor Paul so misinformed.
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            • Paul over 1 year ago
              Misinformed of what?
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      • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
        Really do you even understand what you are saying. Such foolishness
      • Trick over 1 year ago
        Wrong again more misinformation. Any person of legal age can purchase and consume marijuana in Canada regardless of their country of origin. You bare your ignorance!
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      • transman over 1 year ago
        minors? Not at all, I'm like the age requirement to be 25 to protect young people, but I say "what's the big deal" because of the large number of Canadians already buying pot. I see this as simply changing suppliers with the possibility of discouraging young people. Let's not forget that when our gov. dropped the prohibition on alcohol people actually drank less because it became commonplace.
  • SarniaSitizen over 1 year ago
    I am a babyboomer, born and raised in Sarnia. I have witnessed the effects (some good, mostly bad) of cannabis. PLEASE DO NOT APPROVE THIS AREA FOR LEGAL SALES. We have had a lion's share of trouble in Sarnia. We already have the dubious pleasures of being a border town. PLEASE DO NOT APPROVE THIS AREA FOR LEGAL SALES!!!!
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      I agree
  • R hall over 1 year ago
    Our city will NOT benefit from peddling drugs, please think of our children!
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    • The_truth_is_the_truth over 1 year ago
      If we could dismantle the undergound market with private stores we could more effectively keep it out of the wrong hands.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Excellent point
    • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
      Are you proposing we close the beer store? The liquor stores? All of the bars and restaurants that sell alcohol? The illegal trade of marijuana is where underage children get drugs.dont be so short sighted!
    • Peanut07 over 1 year ago
      Are you kidding me. you can buy it on our Sarnia Indian reserve now. Including edibles.
  • Gdawnpea over 1 year ago
    I think Sarnia should ‘Opt In’. Enough of this small minded community attitude. Sarnia would benefit financially from selling cannabis. What is the point of the government legalizing it if it isn’t made available?
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      How would they benefit financially?
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      • Paul A. Sawczuk over 1 year ago
        I believe if you understood how much people consumed you would realize that this would move near $100 million locally out of the black market and into the hands of small businesses.
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          Sarnia police collected close to that amount by confiscating and arresting the black market users and distributors. If they would continue to not have places legally selling marijuana, they could continue busting the black market and generate the same income. We don’t want trashy looking stores around the city, with Potheads hanging around out front. We need to clean up this city and make it more appealing to the upper class people.
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          • Rob Latta over 1 year ago
            Are you the upper-class people you are referring too? Your opinion means nothing..
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            • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
              Rob, you made me spit out my tea!
            • Paul over 1 year ago
              Yes I am
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              • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
                ...on the sunshine list, eh?
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                • Paul over 1 year ago
                  US incomes are not on any list.
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                  • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
                    Out of curiosity- you work for a large corporation that deals with licenses and get paid in US dollars? I find that questionable unless you work in Michigan and just live in Sarnia.
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                    • Paul over 1 year ago
                      I have dual citizenship. I have a home in Sarnia and work in Detroit.
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                      • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
                        Thank you.
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          • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
            I follow local news and believe that we would have heard about a bonanza like this. Where is the concrete evidence to back up your claim that Sarnia police collected close to 100 million dollars?
          • Joshwatson over 1 year ago
            Have you seen a legal dispensary? They’re absolutely the least trashy looking building you’re going to find. They are usually discrete, clean buildings, and inside is always sanitary and they follow Health Canada’s guidlines very strictly.
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            • Paul over 1 year ago
              And nothing but dirty bums hanging outside. You think its bad with a guy playing guitar outside the liquour store, you wait and see who is outside these stores. Stoners
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              • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
                Short sight with very little understanding or knowledge
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                • Paul over 1 year ago
                  Knowledge of what exactly? Could you educate me please
              • Trick over 1 year ago
                Fake new and misinformation
          • Trick over 1 year ago
            Poor misinformed sod
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    • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
      Great comments Tell your friends. Let's make sure our council makes the right decision on this topic. Yes we should have legal retail outlets!
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      • Paul over 1 year ago
        Tell your friends that any Drug related stores will make our city look trashy. Spread the word.
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        • Trick over 1 year ago
          More fake news misinformation
  • Philip Blair over 1 year ago
    Congratulations to Sarnia and her citizens for being forward thinking on this issue. One of the many reasons I’m proud to be Canadian. There are always a very few uninformed, haters, stereotyping and naysayers but the vast majority are informed and are supportive of the adult choices we have opportunity to make thanks to the Federal Liberals bold choice to legalize cannibus use. I’m not a pot user myself but support Sarnia’s apparent openness to allow retail store(s) here in Sarnia.
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    • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
      Good comments from a well informed person. Thank you for your insights
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      • Philip Blair over 1 year ago
        Thank you SarniaNowin. : - )
  • Norm1159 over 1 year ago
    It’s no different than liquor and beer. It’s legal, regulated, and the vendor must be licensed so as long as it complies with zoning and is not operating out of a house then lets move forward quickly to allow store fronts.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Its a lot different than liquour. You can have a glass of wine and look classy; but it doesnt matter how good you roll your gagger, you will always look/smell dirty.
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      • crittrbug over 1 year ago
        So concerned with how everyone looks
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          More concerned about how my City looks. I like to be proud of this City.
      • Trick over 1 year ago
        You are so misinformation and your ignorance is obvious.
  • Andy Swanstrom over 1 year ago
    Another plus of having local stores is instead of a sterile online store we can walk in and ask an expert about different strains and there benefits health wise.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      You can ask your doctor this.
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      • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
        That ties up resources that are better spent looking after higher priority patients. It also assumes your physician is knowledgeable about the subject matter.
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        • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
          Marijuana is legal. Why would you need to clog up the medical system that is already overburdened?
      • Andy Swanstrom over 1 year ago
        Already did but the benefit of local experts in the store is they would no the differences where as Dr's are actually very behind the curve on this matter.
      • Grave digger over 1 year ago
        Ya, should only take me about three months to get in to see her, and then of course will need a referral , because a general G.P , can't offer that kind of advice, taking up a doctor's time , J.C Paul are you ok ?
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          • Grave digger over 1 year ago
            Lol, if they hire hapu, at least I know I'll get a good squishy
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            • Paul over 1 year ago
              And illegal fireworks
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      • The CodFather over 1 year ago
        ever been in a cannabis store Paul? lol your post shows me you haven't even spoken to a doctor yet.
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          No Ive never been inside of a store, as I dont need or want any products in these stores. But I can tell from the front of the stores that they look like trash. And I can tell by the individuals that go into these stores, that it would be a fantastic welfare party inside.
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          • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
            I find it hard to believe the ignorance, and I don't mean rude, I mean lack of knowledge you display. And your continued refeances to those unfortunate people who must avail themselves of our social system (welfare your word not mine) to live is shameful. I wonder why you bigotry comments have not been removed. Shame
          • Trick over 1 year ago
            Don't judge a book by it's cover.
  • mrceltic over 1 year ago
    I can’t think of a single reason not to...

    Legalized and regulated marijuana sales is here to stay. Turning down tax dollars and entrepreneurial opportunities for our community makes no sense. But I’m sure Point Edward would be thrilled, they’ve got a couple available storefronts too.

    There is clearly a significant portion of our population who feel this is a positive change for our society, and by encouraging responsible sales, and use, I hope that the people who still have fears and reservations can come to accept it, or at least embrace the financial benefits.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      There are no financial benefits. Any taxes will be paid directly to the Canadian government, not to our local city.
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          Legal is fine. What we don’t need is a bunch of trashy looking stores popping up around the city.
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          • Tylerkapteyn over 1 year ago
            You keep saying trashy looking stores what's your evidence on any of that ?
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            • Paul over 1 year ago
              Tyler, look at the stores now that sell marijuana accessories, like bongs, and rolling paper. They are trash. They belong in Downtown Detroit, not here.
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              • Hardworker01 over 1 year ago
                The law states that retail stores will only be allowed to sell cannabis. No food, alcohol or other retail items. Just like liquor stores sell alcohol only.
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                • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
                  Good piont thanks for that information
              • Terrig123 over 1 year ago
                Wow
              • Trick over 1 year ago
                Misinformation You are wrong
          • Pete vanWijnen over 1 year ago
            Go to the LCBO at the kenwick.... it is far trashier then any Marijuana store will be...
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            • Paul over 1 year ago
              I try to avoid going downtown at all, just like half the people in Sarnia. Then they wonder why they cant get people down there. Its because of the bummy people and trashy looking stores. You wouldnt see these places on Rodeo drive.
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              • Pete vanWijnen over 1 year ago
                Sarnia doesn't have a Rodeo drive of any sorts so that is a dumb comment... people miss work far more often drinking than smoking weed...
              • Trick over 1 year ago
                You should stay away... in fact maybe you should stay at work in the US
            • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
              Impossible to say since there aren't any yet. I do not find that the Kenwick LCBO is trashy. A bit small maybe, but not trashy.
          • Jonathan Romero over 1 year ago
            That’s a complete assumption. I have personally seen a design for one of the big corporations opening retail cannabis across Ontario and they are nicer than the LCBO stores. One Corp in this article is planning to spend $600k per store in renovations. Tell me you don’t want one of these stores in a renewed Sarnia downtown to help with tourism and help revive the great stores already along Christina including the theatre. And yes a better downtown helps the entire city of Sarnia.

            https://www.bnn.ca/1.1169049.1542321404
      • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
        A store that employes someone and pays local taxes such as property taxes provides no financial benefits to the city? I find that hard to believe.
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          Any store you could say this for. Open a supermarket instead of a weed store.
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          • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
            So you agree that there is financial benefit to the city when a store opens. Opening another supermarket is likely to merely shift customers from one spot to the other with no net job creation. Cannabis retail is new and will result in a net job gain.
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            • Paul over 1 year ago
              How is it shifting to another? Were not closing one store and opening another.
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              • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
                Sarnias population is stagnant, which means that consumers going to a new supermarket won't go to their "old supermarket" to buy something. The amount of consumers buying groceries doesn't increase. Introducing a new product (cannabis in this case) attracts consumers as long as they have disposable income.
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                • Paul over 1 year ago
                  However, these consumers don’t have endless amounts of money. They have a certain amount they can spend, and if they decide to buy canabis, then that will take away from something else they would have bought at another store.
      • Trick over 1 year ago
        You are wrong.
  • Ebonn over 1 year ago
    It's legal! Why not?!
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      It will make the city look trashy
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      • Kathleen Stinson over 1 year ago
        You mean our vacant storefronts and pot holed roads and ciggy butt filled sidewalks don’t do that, but a poor dispensary will? Have you ever been in one? They are usually quite stunningly decorated and well appointed , not like the bing stores of the 1970s.
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          It doesnt matter if the inside looks like the Taj Mahal. If it says onnthe outside its a store to buy Weed it is an eye sore.
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          • acocozzo over 1 year ago
            Why is it any different than a store that displays alcohol or beer. I’ve seen drunks more trashy than people that smoke pot. Give your head a shake
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            • Paul over 1 year ago
              We are talking about privately owned stores that will pop up all over the city.
              You can’t compare weed to alcohol. You can have a glass of wine and still be classy, but you can’t smoke a gagger and look anything less than a welfare bum.
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              • acocozzo over 1 year ago
                Highly unlikely they’re going to pop up all over the city. The license to operate is incredibly expensive. I think you need to educate yourself on types and strains of cannabis.
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                • Paul over 1 year ago
                  I work for a huge corporation that deals with licenses on a daily basis. I know how things operate.
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                  • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
                    Your comments indicate otherwise, sorry.
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                    • Paul over 1 year ago
                      Give an example
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                      • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
                        You say you know how things operate, which is about as broad of a statement as possible without providing any evidence, but yet you advocate for banning tobacco sales while permitting liquor sales. I assume from your comments that you don't smoke but that you consume alcohol- that doesn't mean that your standards have to be imposed on everyone around you. Your employer deals with licenses, what kind of licenses are you talking about?
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                        • Paul over 1 year ago
                          Liquour licenses, and gambling licenses.
              • derrick w. over 1 year ago
                This is absolutely not true, there will be a limit on how many licenses will be issued by the government, therefore, not just anyone will able to open a marijuana shop, legally that is
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                • Paul over 1 year ago
                  Even 1 store, will make it look worse than it does now.
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                  • derrick w. over 1 year ago
                    I disagree, I anticipate stores looking very similiar to a GNC store
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                    • Paul over 1 year ago
                      Ya maybe if they keep it government run, like liquour stores. But if they allow every person to open up Derricks Doobie shop then it will look like trash.
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                    • Paul over 1 year ago
                      I never said the city is trashy. I said these types of stores make a city look trashy. We have enough places, and if we add anymore it will be worse.
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              • Stephen Barry White over 1 year ago
                Listening to you I can tell that you dont even realize the amount of people that already smoke weed in this town, just everyday people, not all sleazy hoods like your attempting to make it look like.....
              • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
                Bigotry comments are not helpful
              • Trick over 1 year ago
                Wrong more misinformation. You are so wrong
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      • Morgan over 1 year ago
        A cannabis store isn't going to make Sarnia look trashy anymore than a Beer Store or an LCBO does. If there is a market for it, there should be a store to sell it.
      • SarniaNeedsWeed over 1 year ago
        The only thing making the city look like trash are some of these close-minded, archaic opinions
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      • Forbsy44 over 1 year ago
        Paul, we can all see you are strongly against that and is your right to your opinion. On the day that weed became legal did you see any of the media coverage? All, of the stores look similar to a Bell or Roger's store. With the City taking the lead on this they can also restrict store front signage so doesn't look like a dump or just say "get high here". Also, if it is legal now it is going to be sold in other Cities and citizen who wish to use it will be buying it anyway so they might as permit it with certain restrictions.
      • Rich Bachorz over 1 year ago
        I guess almost every city in Canada is going to be trashy now Paul. There are far worse things that make Sarnia look not the greatest... How about chemical valley! I can't even believe this topic is up for conversation. Of course there should be retail stores open. There should be as many as the market can support. This is the future. Except it and embrace it.
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        • Aj over 1 year ago
          I agree completely
  • CalvinLu over 1 year ago
    Yes to local retail stores.
    Provide outlets for the area so black market distribution is reduced
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      No it will make the city look trashy.
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  • Kevin Adamson over 1 year ago
    Yes we do need a store in Sarnia
  • joeworker over 1 year ago
    Yes, we need a cannabis store(s) in Sarnia or other municipalities will reap the much needed tax dollars that these stores will bring in. Also have laws setup to discourage easy access for minors and criminals like hours of operations, stores must not be within X metres from schools, stores must have security person(s) checking ID before entering the premises, well lighted or other laws to discourage illegal activities and driving impaired.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      This is where many people are mistaken. Any taxes from sales go directly to Ottawa. This is the same as alcohol tax, fuel tax, and cigarrette tax. The municipalities do not benefit at all; other than from a few jobs offered and some property taxes paid.
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      • Trick over 1 year ago
        More misinformation
  • Hardworker01 over 1 year ago
    All for it. The only way to keep illegal sales at bay. Alcohol is available at retail stores. Why not cannabis for smokers? Most drinkers are not alcoholics and most smokers are not "pot heads". Control it from the young people like the liquor control board does. Collect tax dollars. It's been around forever and is not going away.
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    • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
      Tell your friends to get involved too!
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      • Paul over 1 year ago
        Let everyone know that they need to ‘Speakup’ and let everyone know that this will only make the city look worse.
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  • Leebee4 over 1 year ago
    Yes! Would be great
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    • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
      This is an important issue. Tell your friend. Let's get involved so we have the freedom to access
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      • Paul over 1 year ago
        A very important issue. Lets keep these places out of our city and try to keep our city looking classy. Keep the drugs away.
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        • Trick over 1 year ago
          Backward thinking
  • Pete vanWijnen over 1 year ago
    100% support stores in Sarnia but I support even more letting the common folk run the stores...
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    • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
      Tell your friends
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      • Paul over 1 year ago
        Tell your neighbours. Let them know we don’t want any stores here.
  • Zensarnia over 1 year ago
    Sarnia deserves a cannabis retail store
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Why do they “Deserve” a store?
  • Kevin over 1 year ago
    Absolutely! Keep it out of the hands of the government. Let the free market rule. The only way to get rid of the underground market is to let it be priced by fair market value and add the tax at the retail level.
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    • The_truth_is_the_truth over 1 year ago
      Yes. Getting rid of the underground market is one of the goals of legalization. This could be possible with fair market retail stores.
    • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
      Free enterprise is the best way. It's what our country was built on
  • Terry over 1 year ago
    Well Hello ! Guess what... It became legal in Canada .. Not even sure if not allowing retail stores will stand up in a Supreme Court battle ???
    Yes, allow retail cannabis shops to set up in Sarnia... it will save the people who want buy cannabis goods from travelling to other cities, or worse, purchase illegally..
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    • The_truth_is_the_truth over 1 year ago
      I agree.
    • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
      Very insightful Dose the city want to risk a charter of rights legal battle?
  • jim over 1 year ago
    I absolutely support Sarnia having cannabis retail stores
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    • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
      Good let's get our friends to speak out too!
  • Randy over 1 year ago
    Like it or not, legal cannabis is here. As a city, we would be foolish not to support retail cannabis stores in the city. Lets create jobs, lets share in the tax revenues retail stores generate. If we do not have local, legal stores, the underground market in our city will continue to thrive, so lets be pro active and support local business
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    • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
      Yes let's support our local businesses
  • Teresa over 1 year ago
    I support opening a limited number of stores locally. Similar to LCBO. I do not want to see one on every corner.
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    • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
      Agreed. Ano one is suggesting that there should be one on every corner.. let's make sure the business community has the opportunity to conduct legal businesses in our city
  • SJH over 1 year ago
    I absolutely support Sarnia having a cannabis retail store. Not having a local store simply means Sarnia-area residents will buy from another community. They will still buy and use just the same, only Sarnia would have short-sightedly turned down the financial benefits of having a desirable ~ and completely legal ~ retail attraction. This is not about whether to legalise cannabis ~ that decision has been made. We need to not make the same huge error as was made turning down the casino. Cannabis is a legal and very popular retail product.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      An Attraction? This is a weed store, not a theme park.
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      • The CodFather over 1 year ago
        if anyone might benefit from smoking weed paul will lol.
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          Why? Do you know me? Have we met before? Weed is only beneficial for medical issues to ease pain. I am 100% healthy and don’t need or want any chemicals in my lungs or body.
    • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
      Fantastic observation. T ell your friends
  • Mike Peaslee over 1 year ago
    @paul PAUL all of your reasons are Ludacris saying that it's dangerous is mind-blowing sure I understand ingesting a burnt substance is not healthy but there's plenty of other ways to take it in. And ask for IT form doctors!? most doctors aren't on board yet. They've made their entire living off big pharm and will continue pushing there agenda. There are a couple local doctors who are moving in Leaps and Bounds with their knowledge. I advise you to look up some of these doctors and go have a real chat with them get real Knowledge from Doctor's like you suggest....but not everyone should have to do this there should be a private store to go to to get information to see different products to learn what's right for you and not waste a doctor's time with such simple things.
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    • The_truth_is_the_truth over 1 year ago
      I agree with all of this. My Doctor would rather give me pills... So going to see my Doctor is not an option.
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      • Mike Peaslee over 1 year ago
        See if u can get a referral to see dr. Sean Peterson he is the most knowledgeable doctor in our area. He's conducted a lot of his own research and is attended many conferences worldwide very knowledgeable man.
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        • The_truth_is_the_truth over 1 year ago
          Thanks!
    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Mike, there are other ways to take it, so why dont people? My guess is 90% of users smoke it. I would live to see all smoking banned and only allow use by ingestion.
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      • The_truth_is_the_truth over 1 year ago
        I would say access to such things were hard to come by. Store fronts will provide access and knowledge.
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        • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
          Let's get together to make sure retailers and free enterprises can work to make Sarnia the the best city it can be!
      • The CodFather over 1 year ago
        there are more people on this planet than you paul get used to it and thankfully they all think differently than you do.
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          There are an equal amount that think the same way. They are just to scared to speak up.
      • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
        Short sighted
    • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
      Great points Tell your friends to get involved!
  • Tomdown over 1 year ago
    We should have retail cannabis stores, if not the illegal market will continue on as it has for the past 50 years. Why not have the city share in the taxes from the legal market?
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      The city will not receive any of the sales taxes.
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      • The CodFather over 1 year ago
        property taxes people using the bus gas stations getting the munchies so restaurants as well, you think weeds a new product to be sold it was here before the first long weekend was thought of..
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          A clothing store pays property taxes and would be a much better looking store for the community.
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          • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
            How do you know what the store will look? Can you see in to the future?
    • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
      Yes good points. Let's make sure we get this passed. Tell your friends to voice thier opinions!
  • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
    Yes the need is obviously there. And the economic benifit are also very obvious. And It is legal. If Sarnia restricts the sale of marijuana Piont Edward and the surrounding communities will get the benefits and Sarnia will miss out again.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      What are the benefits? One stores property taxes?? Doesnt seem that great to me.
  • The CodFather over 1 year ago
    It's 2018 if i wanted to buy weed in 1967 i could isn't it about time you people realized you can make it as difficult as possible and it will still be in the city and easily available. Just who do you think you are to "allow adults to buy weed if they want to?" i'm amazed at how pompous you are once elected! New boat ramp as an example of ignorance, $3.5 MILLION ??wasted of our Tax $$$ and your discussing if you'll "allow" a business to open. If it fails so be it but it isn't up to you to allow it.just so you know i didn't smoke weed in the 60's actually i never smoked it, it doesn't interest me in the least but the fact you are trying to make decisions for me irritates me to no end just do the job you were elected to do run the city not pick and choose what you think is right or wrong for adults. rant done.. 3.5 million wasted is that a new record for wasted city funds?
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Your talking about the councillors from the past. Most of those people have come and gone since then. And it is there job to make decisions for Sarnia. There is nothing wrong with picking and choosing business to suit our city. We dont need 7 cash advance stores in Sarnia, and we dont need Willy’s weed stores on every corner either. Our councillors are there to try and keep Sarnia looking classy and not like a dump. If they allowed anything to open we would have 20 kwiki marts with bars on their windows and 10 River Port bars downtown, with 100 guys lined up outside to cash their welfare cheques.
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      • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
        One one is suggesting a Pot shop on every corner. But accessibility to legal marijuana has the potential to increase business tax revenue and to bring in tourists from the US. It is time to move forward.
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          Bring tourists? Its a canabis store, not an amusement park.
    • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
      Smart answer to a foolish question!
  • Suleman over 1 year ago
    I support opening of stores in Sarnia.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      It will make our city look trashy. Just like the other canabis related stores now do, and all the cash advance stores.
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      • The CodFather over 1 year ago
        breaking your bubble Paul but you don't get to pick and chose what business you like or don't like. if it fails it fails if you hate trashy you must hate the plants that made Sarnia what it is, but you didn't mention them? I don't smoke i never have and i'm over 65 an adult I don't need or want people telling me what i can or can't buy. I've never heard of anyone stoned on weed aggressive but you never mentioned bars or strip clubs either?
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          Chemical valley is an eye sore, but it generates about 30,000 jobs for Sarnia. Canabis stores will be an eye sore and generate about 2 or 3 jobs per store. Big difference. And Chemical Valley is not in our neighbourhoods, unless you live on the reserve. Strip clubs and some bars, are eye sores as well. I would be fine if they tore them down.
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          • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
            You are being very short sighted. There is no reason to assume any retail outlet selling any product will be "trashy". And if there are outlets that are trashy, the answer in not to ban them, but to bring in standards that improve appearances.
    • SarniaNowIn over 1 year ago
      Good for you. Tell your friends to make thier views know too!
  • The_truth_is_the_truth over 1 year ago
    What would Toronto do? I'd hate to see our city be left behind again.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Toronto is the largest city in Canada. You can’t even come close to comparing the two cities.
  • Calhun over 1 year ago
    Ask yourself, "How many under the legal age, youth as well as children do you see at our Liquor or Beer Stores". Virtually none! For this reason alone. This is where the public who need it should get it. PS I don't agree with booze in grocery or other stores either.
  • Gman over 1 year ago
    Police say there has been no increase in drug induced impaired driving since pot has been legalized. So, let's not get crazy about banning pot stores.

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/pot-impaired-driving-no-spike-1.4906550
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    • The_truth_is_the_truth over 1 year ago
      Excellent point!
  • Glen over 1 year ago
    To me a store is a store. Regulate it just the same as Liquor and cigarettes. Not a good idea near any schools. Was there any discussion on educating those who are selling the cannabis.
  • The_truth_is_the_truth over 1 year ago
    With the opiate problem we have, you would think people would be open to a safer alternative. Why wouldn't they?
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      You dont take one negative and try to cover it up with another negative. You dont say its good the guy is only on cocaine, when they could be on heroine.
  • C over 1 year ago
    Wow.
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  • Marie62 over 1 year ago
    I fully support cannabis retail stores
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  • Kc over 1 year ago
    One of the questions in the survey asks about how we felt with proximity of cannabis retail locations and daycares and schools, there is a day care centre right around the corner from the LCBO on Christina in the Kenwick building, as well as a school not far as well. What’s the difference?
  • Scott over 1 year ago
    Opt in for a multitude of reasons.
  • Andy Swanstrom over 1 year ago
    I think we should opt in as well but with a difference, there will always be people not wanting it around same as people and bars and drunk people so keep it to not as traveled areas like say Mitton Village who could really use the new businesses that this could bring in. by putting them in this area it keeps it away from schools and puts them in an area that financially would benefit as well as filling up some dead retail spaces.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      You must live near Mitton Village?
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      • Andy Swanstrom over 1 year ago
        No but I do know merchants in that area that would like traffic with money in there pockets in that area.
        Why are you the only one on this whole forum that has something negative to say about this topic. It has happened. it is legal just read up about the topic instead of being so negative.
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          Im the only person who is brave enough to stress how horrible it would be for this city, but I speak for thousands. Read about what topic? I don’t need to read anything to know that it will make the city look horrible.
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          • crittrbug over 1 year ago
            You speak for yourself Paul, and you sound like you have zero education on this topic. As I said before, you should have to complete a knowledge test on cannabis before commenting here. A test based in fact as opposed to 1950's rhetoric.
          • Joshwatson over 1 year ago
            Small town minds stay small.
          • Hardworker01 over 1 year ago
            Paul you must have super powers to speak on behalf of thousands? Have you ever tried it even once? Most of what you are saying is insulting and totally not true. Educate yourself with proven facts then your opinions might be more credible.
      • BrandyG over 1 year ago
        I do live near Mitton Village, and I think that's a fabulous location for a dispensary.
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          • BrandyG over 1 year ago
            That's irrelevant, actually. I don't have to be a musician to be glad that Van Goozen Music is part of my neighbourhood. A dispensary would be a very successful business, I would be daft to not welcome that to my street.
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  • Terrig123 over 1 year ago
    I think it’s a great idea. Good way to bring more money in 👍
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      More money in where?
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      • Terrig123 over 1 year ago
        Paul what is your deal!!!!! This is a place for us to put in our opinion!!! Who are you to get on every single comment and push your beliefs. You’re against it WE GET IT
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          I am just pointing out the obvious.
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  • Marlequin over 1 year ago
    They should absolutely be allowed. Please don’t make the “CASINO” mistake once again!
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Totally different circumstances. A casino shares profits locally. A beer store or Weed store sends taxes to Ottawa.
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      • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
        So you are advocating for something linked to gambling addictions but oppose removing a portion of the black market for cannabis?
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          Where did you read that I advocate for Casinos?
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          • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
            "A casino shares profits locally. A beer store or Weed store sends taxes to Ottawa." - your words.
            I am curious about your thoughts on removing a portion of the black market.
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            • Paul over 1 year ago
              I was just stating facts. I wasnt saying either was great for the community.
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              • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
                Local stores still pay local taxes in addition to what they remit to the government. Now, that is a fact. Your previous comment still infers that casino are beneficial but we are not discussing casinos. You still didn't comment on the black market question.
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    • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
      Surely there will be debate after the recent election - laughable post! Nice try though.
  • ihavechosenmygod over 1 year ago
    LOOK AT COLORADO AND ALL THE MONEY GENERATED AND THINGS BEING DONE THERE FROM THE REVENUE!!
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    • derrick w. over 1 year ago
      not the greatest example, Colorado allows cities to charge a sales tax, in Canada cities are not allowed. The potential revenue generated in Canadian cities is being based ONLY on potential growth
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      • ihavechosenmygod over 1 year ago
        1. job creation 2. employees money spent in town= revenue 3. Business owners spending the money generated in the city 4. Property taxes 5. licensing fees 6. bringing business to Sarnia so tourists/visitors can purchase here and not have to wait to go somewhere else while visiting , etc etc etc
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        • derrick w. over 1 year ago
          I agree, this can be all related to potential growth, I am a little lost on how this will attract tourists? I think we are assuming Sarnia to be the only city opting-in when we believe tourism will increase, why would anyone drive an hour+ to buy weed? If we believe in opting-in and by doing so will stimulate our local economy, surely we have to understand that to be logical for every city, big or small.
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            • derrick w. over 1 year ago
              No, I'm being realistic, which IMO you and others are not. Why would an American purchase weed here and take the chance of getting busted at the border? It is illegal for them to bring it back
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              • derrick w. over 1 year ago
                If you don't like my responses you don't have to reply, I just can't sit back and allow this misinformation to continue to spread.

                Like I said earlier, we don't need to sugar coat nothing, IMO the revenue generated is going to help out everyone in Ontario, at this point we don't even know how many private stores are going to get licenses, not too mention the ability to grow your own. I'm really looking forward to the new taxes helping with education, addiction, roads, etc.. local economy is really the least of my worries
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                • Grave digger over 1 year ago
                  Be careful on this site, I have spoken the truth , and guess what comments get taken down, this site is just like any other government project, don't speak the truth, they don't really want to hear it
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          • Hardworker01 over 1 year ago
            There are wine and theatre tours available in the Niagara and other regions. Sarnia being a border town on beautiful Lake Huron could encourage more income and retail sales for all types of businesses.
        • Paul over 1 year ago
          What do you mean by property taxes? Do you really believe they will lower your taxes? Hahaha
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          • derrick w. over 1 year ago
            I don't think anyone has mentioned our taxes being lowered, we are talking about revenue increasing by adding new property tax if companies decide to build new
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            • Paul over 1 year ago
              Derrick there has been a lot of people that have mentioned our property taxes being lowered. They are all nieve. Did our taxes drop when they opened the new liquour store by walmart?
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              • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
                Paul, I am going to follow your style of argument and say this: Yes, taxes dropped right after the liquor store opened close to Walmart.
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                • Paul over 1 year ago
                  Yours did? Not a chance. My property taxes have never dropped in 20 years, only increased. Detroit property on the other hand dropped years ago.
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                  • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
                    I didn't say mine did. You missed my point about following your style of arguing.
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                    • Paul over 1 year ago
                      Your neighbours did?
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  • carollee over 1 year ago
    It should not be sold nor legal....why would we condone something so harmful. We have lost too many people to suicide caused by drugs!
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    • Andy Swanstrom over 1 year ago
      How many people have died from it ever in the history of the world again?
    • Mike Peaslee over 1 year ago
      Please list a full list of the harmful hazards of it please just so everyone on this Forum is informed
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      • Paul over 1 year ago
        Mike, breathing in any chemical into your lungs increases your chances of developing lung cancer buy 40%.
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        • Stephen Barry White over 1 year ago
          Weed HAS NOT been linked to cancer
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          • Paul over 1 year ago
            Steve breathing in any burning substance-even having a bonfire-is not good for your lungs. Its not rocket appliance.
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            • Hardworker01 over 1 year ago
              You don't have to smoke it. There are edibles available.
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              • Paul over 1 year ago
                If only they would restrict all weed to edible.
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    • Grave digger over 1 year ago
      The biggest killer of people isn't drug use, it's religion, oil, Americans will to impose its way of life in other countries
  • Dave Brown over 1 year ago
    Yes there should be retail stores in Sarnia.
    The mail ordering experience lacks the personal touch.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Then why do so many people buy everything else online? Why is online buying making so many stores close? Because people prefer to order from home.
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      • derrick w. over 1 year ago
        People order goods online because they don't mind waiting the time for it to be delivered. I highly doubt the same could be said for weed, now mind you, the closet smokers will most likely continue to order online until society becomes more accepting of pot smokers. There is also the reason that people don't want to pay the $5 for delivery, not just because it's more money, but it's also safer to buy at a brick/mortar store, packages do get lost and stolen
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          So why is UberEats or Skipthedishes becoming so popular?
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          • derrick w. over 1 year ago
            I see where you're going with this and I would agree, people are not leaving their houses as they used too, however, nobody wants to wait for their weed. If people don't get their package before the weekend, a 3 day wait now becomes 6 days minimum
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            • Paul over 1 year ago
              Yes, but it is not very intelligent on their part. All they need to do is plan ahead. Order enough that will go untill your next order comes in. It’s like people that live 100 miles from a grocery store. Just do some planning.
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              • Keirstin Lynn over 1 year ago
                Yes, but those people still go TO the grocery store. They don’t order their groceries online and get them delivered.
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                • Paul over 1 year ago
                  But actually more and more people are ordering online everyday.
              • Hardworker01 over 1 year ago
                As with fine wines don't you think an option should be available to actually see the product/s you might or might not purchase? Make an informed decision.
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                • Paul over 1 year ago
                  No, because just like food; delivery is fine. You already know what a pizza looks like, regardless of which place you ordered from.
  • bigk1983 over 1 year ago
    If the city can collect tax money then I am %100 all for it. To opt out would be nonsensical.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Why is it only about money?
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      • Grave digger over 1 year ago
        Why are you so dumb Paul, everything is about $$$
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          No its about keeping our city clean and looking good. If prostitution becomes legal, should we put a brothel next to Mcdonalds on london rd?
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          • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
            I am going to have to go with a Yes on that one, Paul
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            • Paul over 1 year ago
              Figures
          • Grave digger over 1 year ago
            Well there is one close to Ron don in Christina st, and by the way, that's the last thing the government will allow, whoring , 10 years and it will be legal, another tax to collect on. Then air,
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      The tax revenue don’t stay in the city. Its like opening up another gas station; the money goes directly to the Canadian government.
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      • Andy Swanstrom over 1 year ago
        And the employees they do not make any money?
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          Yes, just like a gas station I said. But opening up a clothing store or food market is much better for the community.
    • derrick w. over 1 year ago
      Perhaps our local media needs to publish another report on revenue from sales. Cities DO NOT receive any revenue directly from weed sales, it goes to the provincial/federal government. Which at that point, we need to make sure we have the appropriate people lobbying for Sarnia to get access to the new revenue.
  • sparker122 over 1 year ago
    Retail stores in Sarnia would just be another business in the city, which would be nothing but positives for a city that needs good publicity and forward thinking.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Positive for what? It would make the city look trashy.
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    • Hardworker01 over 1 year ago
      When Shoppers Drug Mart, the LCBO, Loblaws, Coffee shop chains, Beverage (soda) companies etc. Have expressed interest and invested in cannabis stocks (companies) to sell and make products why not Sarnia? Use of this product is much more widespread then currently known or disclosed. There is use and misuse with alot of things including liquor, food etc..
  • Parent over 1 year ago
    Opt in
  • TheDude over 1 year ago
    Opting In is the best start for Sarnia. Not only is our country legal now, our neighbour Michigan is on track.

    Not opting in, is only going to keep the fuel supply to the black market dealers that were trying to remove. If it is not readily available, people are going to keep going the illegal route to acquire the product. This is already happening in provinces that did not properly prepare for October 17th. Right now I’m Ontario, thousands of people who were looking forward to legit cannabis were extremely disappointed by how inaccessible it was, and have turned back to their black market dealers - this did not solve the problem.

    Sarnia has an opportunity to reduce crime by making cannabis available, and it will create jobs for storefronts, delivery, and whatever else may evolve in the future for this industry.

    We can’t solve all of the illegal drug trade issues, however we can embrace what is before us and make a positive difference. Cannabis is legal, as legal as beer or cigarettes - why drive law obiding citizens into the arms of the black market because of a stigma?
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Why not leave it only available by mail, and charge the individuals who still want to buy/sell it illegally. This will separate the criminals from the honest users. Order enough online to last until your next order comes in. Its not rocket appliance.
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      • Rob Latta over 1 year ago
        Paul we all get you are against cannabis but I feel you yourself need to smoke a joint.. Educate yourself and give your head a shake.. You must have bumped it pretty hard.. Cannabis is safer than any other stimulant out there.. Safer than most things.. Out of all the things that will kill you or make you addicted.. Cannabis isn't it.. Coffee, sugar, tobacco, alcohol, prescription drugs, peanuts, crossing the street on a red light.

        Even people like yourself are more dangerous than cannabis because you don't actually know any facts.. Just here to toss your opinion around..

        Pound salt bud
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          Rob, inhaling any chemical into your lungs is extremely harmful and it increases your chances of getting lunng cancer by 40%.
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          • Rob Latta over 1 year ago
            You know we live in Sarnia right? Chemical valley.. I don't think cannabis is the problem.. Also give it up already.
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          • crittrbug over 1 year ago
            Then don't inhale it
          • Stephen Barry White over 1 year ago
            Cannibis HAS NOT been linked to cancer
      • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
        If it was only that easy....charge the criminal! I thought you work for a large corporation, you should know better.
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          I sure do, and thats why I know.
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          • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
            So do I and I know otherwise. We agree to disagree.
  • Paul over 1 year ago
    They should Opt out
  • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
    Is is a product that is legal to be sold just as tobacco and alcohol are. Agree or disagree with consuming it, as long as the zoning is suitable, Sarnia should not close itself to somebody setting up shop that employs someone and pays taxes. Especially while other establishments that may be morally opposed by some residents are permitted to operate, so should a cannabis retail store.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      I disagree. Just like my comment earlier. Just because something is legal, doesnt mean its good for the city. If prostitution was legal, I wouldnt suggest opening brothels.
  • jtaikman over 1 year ago
    Retail cannabis is clearly the best option, in my opinion. If Sarnia were to opt out of retail, it will do absolutely nothing to reduce the number of regular users. The only thing it will accomplish is to give the revenue generated from these products to neighboring municipalities and the black market. I don't understand why the province has even made this an option.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      If the black market continues to make money, the police will catch them and charge them thousands of dollars.
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      • Joshwatson over 1 year ago
        The police will do nothing. Cops have never, and will never stop black market drugs. A retail store will reduce the need to obtain marijuana illegally, and put money into the local economy, rather than in the hands of criminals.
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          They never stop it? They just arrested someone today for driving with thousands of dollars of marijuana in their car. They catch people daily.
  • Andy Brake over 1 year ago
    It would be a wasted opportunity to opt out. It's now legal. It should be sold in a store.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Opportunity for what? Making the city look trashy?
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          And yes Andy, I am going to reply to every post. Is that ok?
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          • Stauffenberg over 1 year ago
            Hi Paul!
  • Laura Metcalf over 1 year ago
    privately owned cannabis shops in Sarnia would be great for our local economy. i believe it should be readily available in our city just like alcohol.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      The tax revenues dont stay in the city. Its like opening up another gas station; the money goes directly to the Canadian government.
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      • Laura Metcalf over 1 year ago
        from what i’ve read that’s not true. the federal government is only keeping 1/4 of the tax profits and the rest goes to the provinces and municipalities. plus it will create jobs and generate tourism which is great for local businesses.
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          Sorry, but your wrong. It is exactly like cigarettes, alcohol, and gas.
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            • Paul over 1 year ago
              Laura, I work for a huge corporation that deals with government licenses, and taxes every day. I write numerous cheques daily to government bodies and I know how these things work. You’re arguing with the wrong person unfortunately. Your facts are from horrible sources Im afraid.
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              • Laura Metcalf over 1 year ago
                if you deal with taxes everyday then you out of anyone should know that having more local business equals more tax revenue for our city. it’s pretty simple. and having store front pot shops as well as online stores will mean more people buying which means more tax revenue for the province, because not everyone is going to order online. they’ll just continue to buy it off the black market. taxes aside, if we say no to selling it in our city we’re saying no to economic growth and it would be a huge mistake.
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                • Paul over 1 year ago
                  So when Sarnia opened up it’s 7th Cash advance store, do you believe Sarnias economy grew?
                  Do you know how much money annually the government was collecting from busting people with marijuana poccession; before it became legal? The government is losing money on one side, but gains on another; which is no substatial gain really. We as citizens will never see the gain. Our taxes will still increase every year. Our roads will still be horrible, and so on.
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                  • Laura Metcalf over 1 year ago
                    maybe you should do some research on how legalization has benefitted cities in the states that allowed the sale of pot. just because you don’t want to believe it’s good for the economy doesn’t mean it isn’t. opinion doesn’t equal fact. on another note, more government money and resources was being wasting on petty pot busts than was gained. even if you were right, which you aren’t, it’s not like the black market is ever going away. if anything, there will be worse penalties for dealers.
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              • crittrbug over 1 year ago
                Sources similar no doubt to the sources that have provided with your cannabis education.
  • Rich Kneller over 1 year ago
    If Sarnia council turns this down, watch for Point Edward to pick up the ball and run with it, just like they did with the casino.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Totally different circumstance. The casino is profitable for the city.
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      • Rich Kneller over 1 year ago
        Any legitimate business is profitable for a community.
        Whether we agree or disagree on the issue of cannabis, it has now been legalized. We may as well reap what benefit we can, given the situation.
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          Rich a clothing store would be a much better choice for a new business.
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          • Rich Kneller over 1 year ago
            I agree but, the brain dead crew in Ottawa has declared the product legal. I do not support the legalization of it but if it is, then the community should take advantage of it. I am old enough to remember when alcohol sales was banned in certain communities. Eventually it was allowed and the "drys" fears never came about. I believe this will turn out to be similar to the alcohol issue.
  • Nicholas Battaglia over 1 year ago
    I’m a chrons survivor and Cannabis is a miracle drug for that, it makes it so I don’t have to take handful of drugs, but I also have anxiety and don’t like go into doctors so getting a medical card is out th question.
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    • SarniaNeedsWeed over 1 year ago
      Research NamasteMD. You can get a medical prescription from a doctor through a video call, it’s great for people with social anxiety :)
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  • Dwayne Ross over 1 year ago
    I would treat it like any other business...have some restrictions as for location from schools...but no different from the LCBO or Beer store. As long as the place is clean...inviting..doesnt allow minors in...I would embrace having one...it promotes jobs...tourism other wise a new source of tax income
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    • crittrbug over 1 year ago
      Oh away from schools like the Maxwell beer store is far away from London Rd school? Give your heads a shake, it doesn't matter where it is, just don't sell it to minors...
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      • Dwayne Ross over 1 year ago
        Actually the beer store on maxwell street is well past provincial limits if it were a weed store..you comolain about that but not every corner store selling pipes and bongs?
  • robin white over 1 year ago
    this is the most absurd idea the government has come up with so far. it is bad enough that we are in a critical state because of the abuse of pharmaceutical addiction. now they want to include cannabis to the issue. not only by allowing it to be sold, grown and distributed legally but to slam it down all our throats that it is a healthy and widely accepted part of our lives. i for one am totally against the legalization of cannabis and wish people would get their heads out of the sand and say enough is enough.
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    • Andy Swanstrom over 1 year ago
      How many people have died from it again?
    • Mike Peaslee over 1 year ago
      That's why doctor's are now prescribing it to take patients off opiates and methadone. Take your head out of the sand and do some real research instead of what people have told you your whole life
    • crittrbug over 1 year ago
      You should have to complete a test on your current knowledge of cannabis and it's effects prior to being aloud on this forum. You lady, do not have a clue.
    • Stephen Barry White over 1 year ago
      Your SO wrong comparing weed to pharma drugs like come on, weed is as bad as fentynol and oxys? What about the people it helps with stress,anger issue, pain management and also the fact that its cheaper and doesnt kill you
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      • Pete vanWijnen over 1 year ago
        Please do not forget either that Big Pharma will not have a hand in this.... thus prices can be fair and to say there is no health benefit from cannabis is asinine.... but a true fact... the real benefits from cannabis come when it is ingested not smoked... read the side effects of big pharma drugs... cannabis main side effect is you are high (less so then big pharma stuff) and hungry (phenomenal for chemo and cancer patients)
      • Paul over 1 year ago
        It was still helping sick people when it was only available with a prescription. And yes, lung cancer does kill people.
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        • Rich Bachorz over 1 year ago
          Oh... Dear Paul,

          I'm sitting at home laughing at the points your attempting to make. I feel so sorry for ya. You clearly are not educated enough on cannabis. You've made your point very clear. We get it. Your against it. So give it up. Your fighting a losing battle. Your fighting with 85% of Sarnia here. Lol. If you care so much about our city why don't you focus on something that is actually an issue. ie; cigarettes, alcohol, our air pollution, obesity, opioid addiction, abuse, homeless ,anything!... Anything other than the most peaceful plant on this planet. I think you need a hug... Where abouts are ya we'll all come over and give ya a hug... 😊🤗😀
  • Stephen Barry White over 1 year ago
    We should allow marijuana to be sold at retail store in sarnia, it helps small business in Sarnia and its LEGAL
  • Hanny_Hansen over 1 year ago
    Most of the comments below seem to be a lot of bickering. I don't think we can say if it will or will not benefit the local economy yet because we don't have any Canadian towns that have set a precedent for this either way. I am pro-marijuana but I think to base the "benefits" we'll see on towns in the US or countries like Amsterdam is faulty because we handle our taxation very differently. I think the only way to find out for sure is to try it out.
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    • Dane H over 1 year ago
      While I don't think it will be a huge boost to the local economy, there will be a few new jobs created and at least some of the money will stay in the community as opposed to the no money and no new local jobs we currently have with the online system. Just my 2 cents.
  • EstherReed over 1 year ago
    I have big concerns about our youth, who are the ones most susceptible to permanent alteration of brain chemistry and psychiatric conditions from marijuana use. The vape shops in Sarnia have been illegally selling vape products (including those containing nicotine) to underage kids, so I have little confidence that marijuana shops would be much different. I also am concerned about public safety - impaired driving, and impaired judgement. I think that this is an area where we need to go slowly rather than rushing in. Let’s see the effects of legalization and online sales before we rush into opening store front businesses that will make pot easily accessible. Once “the genie is out of the bottle,” it’s hard to put it back in.
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  • Jackie54 over 1 year ago
    It only makes sense, to me, that since it is now legal, that products should be available in stores. This way people will know exactly what they are getting, versus whatever off the streets. They will be able to converse with the sales representatives and ask questions what product is best for them, whether they want it for insomnia, increase of appetite, pain, or just to get high. Why not keep the dollars in Sarnia, otherwise another city like London will benefit from tax dollars, jobs, profits, etc. Let's keep up with the times.
  • Dane H over 1 year ago
    Cannabis retail stores would provide a nice alternative to people's black market dealer. The Ontario Government's store is expensive, slow and inconvenient, people will be back to their old dealer in no time. Store fronts are a safe easy way for people to purchase cannabis and keep the money in the local economy.
  • Miles Belanger over 1 year ago
    In my honest opinion Sarnia should make toking tourism a thing. We are a border city surrounded by a beautiful River and lake. I believe that it would definitely be beneficial to the city's growth.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Toking Tourism? It’s a dirty/stinky drug, that most classy people don’t want to be around.
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      • crittrbug over 1 year ago
        You make a lot of general comments and speak for seemingly everyone, how did you achieve this lofty position of classy person spokesperson, wealthy person spokesperson, retired spokesperson and so on?
        Maybe just speak for yourself.
    • Nicholas Battaglia over 1 year ago
      That’s pretty shatty and self conceded don’t u think, saying “classy people don’t want to be around it” I’m classy and if u mean classy based on materials and size of house then u are very petty. Classy people.. come on I can’t believe I read that wow so offensive.
  • Veronie over 1 year ago
    Another thing... this is ridiculous. Put it on Facebook & you'd have more people responding to your survey. Everyone wants a say, but no one wants to go & do your little survey... sign up, then get an email... etc. etc. I'm sure you'll have more than enough people responding on facebook!
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  • Aly000 over 1 year ago
    I think its a great idea. Either way people are still going to get their hands on it retail store or not. I don’t see what the issue is considering how bad people are hooked on Opioids and narcotics... I don’t even need to elaborate on that becuase we all know
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Weed stores will make the city look trashy.
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      • Miles Belanger over 1 year ago
        Are you saying that Colorado looks trashy or how about all those city's in the west of our country that have embraced the legalization? You should be able to look at this with an unbiased eye and realize the potential growth for the city and businesses. How would having dispensaries be much different than the existing head shops??
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          I have not been to Colorado in years, so Im not really sure. But if the shops look anything like the ones we have around here that currently sell Weed accessories, then yes they do look like trash. And 75% of the people that I see go into these types of stores look like they are on Welfare, or they are young adults that have no future and just want to sit around and get baked all day.
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          • mestanmi over 1 year ago
            Please describe to me "someone who looks like they are on Welfare"
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            • Paul over 1 year ago
              Clothes that look like hand me downs from 10+ years ago. Rips, dirty, etc. Or someone walking down the street in their pajamas with a dart hangin from their mouth. Usually, looks a little disoriented too.
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  • serj over 1 year ago
    I disagree with the law being passed and the idea of a store to sell.
    Ever since this law was passed my area has stank to high heaven of pot and I hate the smell of it.
    At least when people are drinking alcohol I don't have to deal with second hand alcohol.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Totally agree!
    • crittrbug over 1 year ago
      Hahahaha you just have to deal with them fighting, driving drunk, and acting like total Aholes.
  • Colleen Murphy over 1 year ago
    Treat the cannabis the same way you treat Alcohol. Not that big of a deal. It's respectable to have a beer, a wine, a shot, and many have had a joint as well.
    You have beer sold in mostly 1 kind of location and only spirits in another. Have a store for cannabis, smokes, beer, & wine. Call it a "Convenience Store" " Over NINETEEN Store" I know there will be people who abuse it, just like they do alcohol. Yes teens are likely to try it, JUST LIKE THEY DO ALCOHOL. Teach them about it like you do alcohol. I'm sure like every thing else the Government has their finger in, like " Alcohol, Tobacco, Gas" the PRICE & the LAWS , the teens will not have easy access to the product.
  • Concernedcitizen over 1 year ago
    Offer a store. Given the recent hack into the Ontario online store most likely pushed people back into the illegal source of purchasing cannabis. If Sarnia did not offer a store front I would guess it would continue the illegal purchases. Or it would encorage people to drive to the next town offering store front sales which potentially could lead to an increase of driving under the influence. I am not a fan of our federal governments decision to legalize the sale and use of cannabis but believe we need to think broadly on what impact our town’s decision will have
  • Mister_MT64 over 1 year ago
    I was strongly against Cannabis when I was in high school I considered many people who've consumed it too be dumb and druglords, however the way I see it the only crime that it has committed is irresponsible consumers the same recklessness as opposed to alcohal, (pardon my misspelling) keeping it out of the hands of youth under 19 years it won't be an easy task unless we educate schools more on the negative side effects on the youth brain, with this being said having it in retail store is kinda a mix between safe and/or risky
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      This is the first honest and intelligent comment so far. Well said.
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      • Mister_MT64 over 1 year ago
        Thank you Paul I apricate your intelligent comment :)
  • Mike Peaslee over 1 year ago
    In favor, it's legal now. it will create jobs and Michigan is opting in on legalizing, there will be money to be made in Sarnia for Sarnia.
  • Brandy over 1 year ago
    yes im a strong supporter I fully agree with cannabis it has wonderful medical benefits
  • Alex over 1 year ago
    I am a strong supporter! A family member of mine had a horrible disease called ALS and weed was a very very helpful medicine to keep his nervous system from painfully attacking him. Unfortunately it was hard to access what he needed and it would have been amazingly easier if there had’ve been a store in Sarnia! Please, Sarnia needs the jobs and it would do nothing but benefit our community! We need to stop being a city that is behind in the times, we need to keep up or, eventually, we will loose our population and our young people to larger cities.
  • Pat Kn over 1 year ago
    Legal product, should be sold locally, let’s see Sarnia benefit
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      How would it benefit? Do we benefit that much when another beer store opens?
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      • Pat Kn over 1 year ago
        Well Paul, yes we would, if another beer store opened in Sarnia, more people would be employed at the very least, there would be a gain in property tax revenue or grant in lieu....
        the ideal situation because you keep bringing up the beer store issue.... the best would be to close the beer stores and liquor store and put those in private hands as well....
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        • derrick w. over 1 year ago
          Pat, I can see where your coming from, but in order for Sarnia to increase revenue by more property taxes, don't these newly hired employees need to purchase a newly built home? If these employees are only renting or taking over a house with a previous mortgage that the property taxes were already accounted for, how will revenue increase from taxes?
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          • Pat Kn over 1 year ago
            Good point Derrick, however I would suggest that some employees may rent now, and with new employment be able to afford a new home and I would suggest some stores may take over existing storefront but in fact may build new or remodel and increase value of existing property
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            • derrick w. over 1 year ago
              Very true. What I firmly believe needs to happen, cities need to advocate for receiving a portion on the sales tax. I know I'll be called a negative Nancy, but with limited licenses being issued, not knowing on cities will opt-in or out, the financial gain for local communities might be limited. If what I read was true, April 2019 will see only 40 licenses issued, the next batch released will increase that number to 150. Thats not a lot of licenses to spread across, what at least 300+ cities.
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              • Pat Kn over 1 year ago
                Definitely agree, both Council and the MPPs need to get onboard to see municipalities directly receive a fair part of the tax revenue and more access to the licences
              • Paul over 1 year ago
                What people don’t understand is; if the government gave each municipality a portion, and Sarnia started colkecting thousands of dollars; then that means that Sarnia is full of pot heads that are throwing their money away. Why do we want to be known as the town that has record Pot sales?
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                • MHWST over 1 year ago
                  Why should that bother you?
                • Rich Bachorz over 1 year ago
                  This ignorance is ridiculous. Don't you realize that there are a lot of pot smokers everywhere. Everywhere... and throwing money away? How about alcohol, cigarettes, and strip clubs? How's that for throwing your money away? Clearly you do not know the facts and statistics, it sounds like your not educated enough on the topic.
          • SarniaNeedsWeed over 1 year ago
            People having jobs alone helps increase revenue. People need to have money to spend money.
  • Veronie over 1 year ago
    Yes, sell it in stores
  • Kaynest over 1 year ago
    We should allow stores to sell in Sarnia otherwise people will continue to go to other sources. Our city will be missing out on tax dollars and jobs that could be created. Also we will be missing out on helping sarnias drug problem.
  • Ryan v over 1 year ago
    It is legal now so I am for retail stores. The only problem I see is the price.I think most people will grow their own in their backyard, but those who cannot are forced to buy..Who will be cheaper...the store or the backyard guy??
  • ajallen252 over 1 year ago
    definitely opt in, the plant is legal, I'd like to see smoking bars as well in the city, I don't partake as I used to but there's no reason to sit in the back with no board thought on this, the benefits greatly outweigh the negatives and if we're opting out it will be a huge mistake. It's literally no different than any bar as it is now serving a considerably worse product in alcohol and it's about time these things come to light and are being more graciously accepted.
  • Rich Kneller over 1 year ago
    As a supporter of free enterprise, I tend to agree that cannabis should be sold in retail stores if the owner consents to it .I would rather see the profits from it go to the shopkeeper than the Ontario Government. Tobacco products are dispensed in this way so why not cannabis? I am not a user of cannabis but since it has been legalized it should be treated as any other commodity.
  • Aleone over 1 year ago
    yes Counsel should approve the retail sale of cannabis in our community
  • Alicia Davidson over 1 year ago
    I support.
  • psmereka over 1 year ago
    I support
  • Brendalee818 over 1 year ago
    Totally agree to selling it locally. Let the city benefit as well local businesses
  • TonyT over 1 year ago
    I think the county should operates the retails stores in Sarnia-Lambton. The huge profits which will be coming should go into our public larder and not in the hands of a small number of store owners. I call that a win-win for all residents of the county.
  • Jordyn over 1 year ago
    Yes, I support cannabis retail stores
  • NatashaSmithson0225 over 1 year ago
    Sarnia NEEDS this. Sarnia needs the extra revenue generated from local pot shops. I feel as though if you domt allow one into our community you will be regretful. This could be a great thing especially for the hundreds of people who suffer from cancer or fibromyalgia in this town alone.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      It was always available for people medically.
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      • MVRes over 1 year ago
        That's right. I've been helping a senior friend of mine purchase medical marijuana online for quite a while now. Now people whose doctors don't feel comfortable prescribing it can still purchase it on their own.
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          The tax money won’t stay here locally. It is all sent to the Canadian Government just like alcohol, and gas taxes.
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          • mrceltic over 1 year ago
            Property taxes, local business licenses, more jobs for more residents means more disposable income in the city, more traffic downtown creating more income for other businesses. Added to the fact that the money going to our federal government also benefits all Sarnia residents, and there’s plenty of positive financial benefits.
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              • mrceltic over 1 year ago
                I never suggested that property taxes would go down, but the city will collect more taxes from the business, and the people who work for them. In your zeal to keep Sarnia from progressing in step with the rest of the country, you seem to be taking some liberties with both facts, and the quotes you attribute to the people you disagree with.
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                • Paul over 1 year ago
                  How so? Ok, if prostitution became legal, do you think Sarnia should start opening up brothels all over the city? Do you think that would make our city look great and families wanting to visit here?
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                  • mrceltic over 1 year ago
                    Paul, you don’t debate, you simply jump from straw man argument to what-aboutism tirelessly. IF, one day, our citizens decided that prostitution should be legal, then yes, I would expect that a progressive city would abide by the laws our country desired. As a new transplant to Sarnia, I assure you it’s not the pot shops that keep people from moving here, or staying here long term... it’s the inflexibile, pious, and ignorant nature of, what some days, can feel like, a large portion of Lambton County.
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                    • Paul over 1 year ago
                      I beg to differ. I believe a lot of seniors retiring from Toronto, or individuals that dont like marijuana smokers would definitely move to Sarnia if they knew we were one of the only cities against selling it.
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                      • SarniaNeedsWeed over 1 year ago
                        Because that’s what Sarnia needs, more retirees.....
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                        • Paul over 1 year ago
                          Actually yes we do. Seniors are knownnto be the wealthiest people in the country, and we want more wealth brought here. We need to cater to the wealthy and try to dispose of the bums.
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                          • acocozzo over 1 year ago
                            A large number of operators working in the valley are making between 100-200k a year. I’m pretty sure that’s considered wealthy.
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                      • Josephfamily over 1 year ago
                        As a senior I don’t appreciate you making it sound like you speak for all of us. As we age marijuana can be a great supplement to insure a good quality of living for those that suffer from debilitating illness or just old age aches and pains. The stores would carry all forms, not just smoking forms.
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                        • Paul over 1 year ago
                          You don’t need a store for this. Order by mail.
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                          • Jenny Schneider over 1 year ago
                            When people order online...especially older people, they need assistance to order online..they dont know where to order from, what to order, how to use it, how to properly dose (increase or decrease) and don't even get me started on CBD, THC or a mix?! The people of Sarnia deserve the opportunity to be informed and educated on the benefits and how to properly use and enjoy this amazing, God given plant. Not to mention the all of the other benefits for the city and its citizens.
                        • Paul over 1 year ago
                          I was speaking for wealthy seniors.
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                          • MHWST over 1 year ago
                            You just can't give it up..............
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  • MHWST over 1 year ago
    Absolutely if you don't get in on it doesn't matter it will still be supplied to the city of Sarnia.Its not going away it's been available for the sixty years I've been on this earth and it isn't going away.We all can remember when no one wanted Sunday shopping can you imagine life today without it.This is something that may take getting use to but it will pass.It would be foolish to turn down this cash cow.
  • John Davidson over 1 year ago
    since it is here to stay I say we may as well make our share of the money. No sense letting our local money go elsewhere.
  • lifted18JK over 1 year ago
    Bring more small businesses into sarnia? It’s a great idea for dispensary’s to be in town. Easy access for those of age and helping sarnias Economy with more jobs as well
  • bender2377 over 1 year ago
    Sarnia would be crazy to not allow Cannabis Retail Stores within city limits. Sarnia is already so far behind so many other cities, not taking part , will damn Sarnia even further. Here is What the City should do. OWN THE STORE FRONTS. If Sarnia was smart, they would be the ones to open the stores. Say for Sarnia, to start, one NORTH, one SOUTH ( let say SCN, and SCS). In this way, the city can determin Where, and who sells cannabis in town. All the while the city starts making money to go back into the city. Perfect Idea. DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND.
  • Valk731 over 1 year ago
    Absolutely I support having cannabis stores in Sarnia.
  • Karladamek over 1 year ago
    I support it. It’s much safer then alcohol and will for sure bring money into our community. Should help with eliminating illegal sales too if we offer a legal place to purchase it.
  • Jenny Schneider over 1 year ago
    I run The CBD clinic downtown Sarnia, and I am ALL for this amazing opportunity in our community. I speak with people all day, everyday about cannabis. I truly believe this plant could greatly benefit Sarnia and its citizens. Having store fronts in Sarnia would allow people to be properly informed on all of its benefits and how to use it properly. When there is a lack on education, that is when we see abuse and misuse. Legal cannabis store fronts could be so beneficial, on so many levels.
  • Steveleaffan over 1 year ago
    Not a smoker either but I agree we should have places to buy it here in Sarnia at a retail location. If we choose not to than maybe we should also be voting to stop selling alcohol. There is enough research out there to prove Marijuana is less dangerous than booze.
  • who-cares over 1 year ago
    I myself don't smoke it but i know others that do. I feel whether you smoke it or not is your choice!! In my honest opinion I think it would do Sarnia good to have a Cannabis Retail Store. It would bring more people to Sarnia which could create other business elsewhere. There are so many people in Sarnia that have medical problems and it would be so much easier for them to get it if there was a store here. Don't think of the negatives think of the positive things that could come with a store here. I don't smoke it and i don't like the smell of it but if it helps people then go for it!!!!
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  • barryholyer over 1 year ago
    i totally agree with having cannabis stores even tho i do not smoke it freedom
  • Charles Fisher over 1 year ago
    I believe we should have a store(s) in Sarnia. It is already present in the community (under ground) and can be purchased online. We might as well benefit economically with jobs and businessses from it, with the proper regulation and oversight. (not near schools, public institutions)
  • bfarrar over 1 year ago
    Yes I agree. Pot is now legal in Ontario and people in Sarnia are going to buy it. We might as well bring some income to our local economy rather than seeing it slip away to neighbouring towns and to the online Cannabis Store.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      How would it bring income to our city?
  • Daniel Falconer over 1 year ago
    Let it happen. It’s going to get into individuals hands one way or another.

    This will allow the community to be more involved in the process.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Through the mail is fine. We dont want trashy stores popping up all over the city.
  • Marlequin over 1 year ago
    Yes
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      No
  • Jeremy Chaput over 1 year ago
    Definitely need too. Take the pressure off the postal worker and postal office. People picking up there orders up at post office at like shoppers is like a prepaid dispensary.
  • Josephfamily over 1 year ago
    In order to compete with illegal street sales a retail store is necessary. I hope the location and ownership is strictly reviewed by our mayor and council.
  • Francis Lynch over 1 year ago
    I fully concur with the retail sales of cannabis in private stores in Sarnia Lambton. Like alcohol, cigarettes and other items that require proof of age, cannabis should be treated the same. If one of the purposes for legalization of cannabis was to shrink the black market, and keep cannabis out of the reach of children, then this is surely one way to achieve that goal.
    Further, small business will benefit from cannabis retail stores. The more available it is to legal purchasers, the more tax revenue for our local, provincial and federal governments.
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    • Roberto Poore over 1 year ago
      One store may not be enough .
    • SarniaNeedsWeed over 1 year ago
      Such a good point. We’ll allow a “body rub parlour” beside our friendly neighbourhood 7-11 but a cannabis store is too much.
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      • Paul over 1 year ago
        Both are filthy
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Tourism? Really? Its a dirty/stinky drug, its not Disney World.
  • George81 over 1 year ago
    I think having a legitamite store for cannabis in this city is a wonderful idea. Although money may not go right back into the economy, it will eventually make its way back (considering all the residents of Sarnia that I've met while being here [4 years] that consume it in one way or the other) into the economy. Revenue from these sales will help generate more for companies as well as the city. It's also a wonderful alternative to some medications without nasty side effects, will help those who need it for things like PTSD, stress, anxiety. Marijuana is a wonderful earthy-grown medicine that's been around for thousands of years before any pills made their way here from wherever they come from. I think we need these shops. Aside from all of that, let's bring money into the city and not into backdoor dealers' pockets. I vote YES!
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  • Zak henry over 1 year ago
    Yes because it will help the local economy and provide a safe place for people to obtain their cannabis while keeping money out of the black markets hands, even if only a little bit. People will find it, you cant stop it from being consumed. Besides even if kids get more access to it from the store won't you be happy knowing it isn't laced with anything? Finally when buying from a store it lessens the chances of people coming into contact with "harder" drugs to due mixed markets theory.
  • Selyn Holmes over 1 year ago
    I believe having cannabis retails sales in the city is a great business opportunity. I do not think we should opt out
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Opportunity for what??
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  • myopinion over 1 year ago
    I'm in favour of local retailers, rather than a government shop (union? higher wages?) The free market will dictate costs, therefore making it more difficult for the black market. If the government sold it, they would make it so expensive, the black market would continue to thrive.
    Though not part of this question, I feel it should be policed like liquor, not cigarettes. Alcohol and pot create impairment, cigarettes don't.
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    • ihavechosenmygod over 1 year ago
      Not all cannabis is an impairment.. some are high THC and and some are CBD and it can come in many forms eatable, creams, oils, pills, or smoke able
  • rslyzuk over 1 year ago
    I support local cannabis retail stores in Sarnia to serve as a supplier of safe and clean cannabis, further education, and end the stigma surrounding a plant with a multitude of scientifically supported benefits. Brick and mortar stores staffed with trained professionals also provide the opportunity for people to ask questions and find the right product or strand for them, the same as one does with a pharmacist supplying OTC medications.
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    • ihavechosenmygod over 1 year ago
      THIS!!
  • ihavechosenmygod over 1 year ago
    Most comments have been censored or deleted, so no one will truly know how this city really feels. or what we want or don't want.... not happy with this forum and how it is being run!
  • ihavechosenmygod over 1 year ago
    Are people that close minded , stagnant, and hate change to better a community.. wake up say YES!!.. SARNIA could put that revenue to good use in this city!!
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      The tax revenues dont stay in the city. Its like opening up another gas station; the money goes directly to the Canadian government.
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  • Trip127 over 1 year ago
    I’d say it’s a good idea as in the end people are going to buy it and smoke it regardless. So I’d rather that money be spent in town then out of town
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      But why not keep it online only and prevent ugly store front from opening around the city?
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      • Trip127 over 1 year ago
        Because that’s the van be the same thought for pretty much any store. It’s a free market let a store open if no one comes it will close anyway
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          But the store front makes the city look like trash. If Prostitution was legal, wouldnt a Brothel on London Rd. Make the area look dumpy? Wouldnt it attract bad crowds?
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          • Trip127 over 1 year ago
            I’m of the opinion that I’d rather see the problems up front then hide them away it’s easy to make things look better when there there to see then it is to have a problem behind everyone’s front door as that always ends up spilling over anyhow
  • Hockeyvamp over 1 year ago
    Sarnia has dropped the ball on so many retail opportunities making City and county people go to London or further for a lot of their needs I would hate to see this happen with cannabis as well. I have been on medically for 2 years for several conditions which cannabis helps with all of them. If I run out or my online medical company is out of stock as it regularly is I would be grateful to have someplace closer than London or Windsor to get my medicine.
    Please don't opt out. Let Sarnia and Lambton county reap the benefits of another profitable business that keeps $$$ local.
  • slipperykarl over 1 year ago
    no thanks . black market will always be cheaper and easily accessible . plus i don't need my personal ifo collected and shared with police and border services
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  • Kathleen Stinson over 1 year ago
    Do we really want to create one more reason our citizens drive to London to spend their retail money? If you still have a moral grudge on pot use then let’s close liquor and beer stores, bars, or ban the sale of cigarettes in any retail store. Pot dispensaries are retail outlets that register business licences, pay rent in retail spaces, pay taxes, employ citizens. it’s LEGAL get over it! The government, be it Provincial, federal or municipal has no business in the retail market. Entrepreneurs are best suited, we can d3velop policy and regulation for retailers to follow. Let’s get our heads out of the fact it’s pot ....which is a legal product, and just let consumers enjoy their shopping experience.
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    • MVRes over 1 year ago
      Great points about keeping cannabis purchases in town. Not only will people be buying cannabis out of town, but most people will make a day trip out of the excursion, which means that money spent dining out on that trip is also leaving our town.
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      • mrceltic over 1 year ago
        You can be classy after one glass of wine, or an absolute scumbag without a drop. A welfare bum after a “gagger”, or a kind, polite person after eating a fistful of gummie bears. It’s almost like the substance doesn’t define the person?
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        • Paul over 1 year ago
          It stinks like a skunk and creates second hand smoke. Theres nothing clean about it.
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          • mrceltic over 1 year ago
            Second reply to one of my posts in which you intentionally misrepresent what I said. I didn’t claim it didn’t stink, or create harmful byproducts, it does, as do so many other products in our life, but I don’t try to stop people from buying weed killer for their lawns. What I said was that people can be unpleasant jerks on weed, full of booze, or totally sober, sitting at their keyboard.
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            • Paul over 1 year ago
              I totally agree. So what is wrong with only keeping it available online, rather than making our store fronts look worse? We don’t need anymore High Times stores.
  • lems over 1 year ago
    Absolutely alllow local sales. Great for local economy. US visitors (pot tourists) will come spend money at your restaurants and hotels as well. PLEASE ALLOW LOCAL SALES!
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    • derrick w. over 1 year ago
      Not when Michigan just passed the legalization of recreational pot.
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      • lems over 1 year ago
        You’re right, didn’t know that when I posted, found out after. However I still support local sales. I don’t partake but I do t think we should rule out our community for those that do. Too much regulation still breads black market.
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        • derrick w. over 1 year ago
          So do I, IMO we don't need to hype up anything, its legal, its 2018, it will help with growth, just how much, well we will know in time, I'm giving it a 3-4 year period before we figure just how much it does help locally
      • Laura Metcalf over 1 year ago
        we still have a lower legal drinking/ smoking age so although it may not make a huge impact on tourism it will still help.
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        • derrick w. over 1 year ago
          I would rather not even anticipate any income from our U.S neighbours. We would be promoting Americans to break the law, they can't bring it back, they cannot drive while under the influence, not too mention, Americans have been pre-warned they could face stiff penalties if caught bringing back to the U.S.. I just don't see Americans risking so much just to buy weed in Canada.
  • derrick w. over 1 year ago
    Paul, you really should stop saying their is no financial benefit? Yes we won't directly recieve taxes from weed sales, but it has been established that cities will recieve some form of compensation, for instance, money is being earmarked to fight the opiod crisis. Yes the money may not go directly to city budgets but it might reduce our budget spent on policing.
  • Janet Ross over 1 year ago
    Pot is legal and can be a huge tax source, so of course we should open retail stores. To do otherwise is a lost opportunity.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Opportunity for what? The tax revenue don’t stay in the city. Its like opening up another gas station; the money goes directly to the Canadian government.
  • PK over 1 year ago
    Absolutely there should be stores in Sarnia that can sell it. It would be a missed opportunity not to and cannot be undone apparently. It is a legal product now which some people still cannot seem to get their heads around.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Opportunity for what??
  • Stephen Barry White over 1 year ago
    We are a border city it only makes sense to compete in the cannabis business
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  • csfrench91 over 1 year ago
    It would be foolish to miss this opportunity due to outdated moral panic. Alcohol has been legally sold for how long despite being far more impairing, dangerous, and addictive. Weed is now legal and those who would like to access it should be able to do so with the same simplicity of purchasing alcohol. Not to mention the revenue benefits that can be put back into the city.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      The tax revenue don’t stay in the city. Its like opening up another gas station; the money goes directly to the Canadian government.
  • Gman over 1 year ago
    Does anyone remember the lost opportunity that Point Edward took advantage of and made a fortune in taxes?
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      The tax revenues dont stay in the city. Its like opening up another gas station; the money goes directly to the Canadian government.
  • Sarniaraised over 1 year ago
    I think to pass up in this industry opportunity would be like the casino all over again...
    Dont let citizens from Michigan drive past our town or goto Pt Edward instead of allowing the money to come here.

    LAW HAVE BEEN PLACED to prevent this change to become troublesome to the general public.

    ALSO allowing it to be smoked where cigarettes are to be smoked will prevent any negative effects for public encounters as well
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      The tax revenues dont stay in the city. Its like opening up another gas station; the money goes directly to the Canadian government.
  • M.Holmes over 1 year ago
    I think that it should be sold locally to put the revenue into the local economy
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      The tax revenues dont stay in the city. Its like opening up another gas station; the money goes directly to the Canadian government.
  • Gina Ulinski over 1 year ago
    It's a great cash cow and a no brainer. Why would you oppose this?
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Because it makes the city look trashy. Same if they legalized prostitution and opened up a brothel beside Walmart.
  • Cennett over 1 year ago
    This will create jobs! Please opt IN!
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      This will make people lose their jobs.
  • Julie Goodall over 1 year ago
    I think saying no would be silly look at the money that it could bring our city
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      The money goes straight back to the government. Not to the city directly. And its not always about money.
  • derrick w. over 1 year ago
    So there are quite a few comments expressing their thoughts on the revenue from weed sales. For those who already know, just ignore this, cities in Canada DO NOT charge a sales tax that goes directly back to the city, any revenue generated will only come from new companies opening in Sarnia and paying property taxes. It could lead to more potential growth for our already local businesses, but that doesn't guarantee us that the business owners will keep the new revenue in Sarnia. Having said this, there should be no reason not to opt-in, any city who opts-out is allowing the black market to thrive in their community. Come April 2019, if given a choice, people will not wait the 3-5 days for delivery when they can walk down the street to get it.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      And the black market can still be arrested and go to jail. Lets clean up this city, not make it look worse.
  • Susan P Hamill over 1 year ago
    I feel that there should be a retail store in Sarnia. Some people use cannabis for medical reasons. It would be more convenient to purchase it at a store that to continue to order it on line.
    In my opinion alcohol is worse than cannabis and it is now available in our grocery store.
    Thank you
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      It is not worse at all. But thanks for your opinion.
  • Paul over 1 year ago
    We definitely don’t need any more stores that make our city look trashy. We already have Advance cash stores on every corner and variety stores that look like they are run by welfare bums. Lets clean up this city.
  • Dianne Trinder over 1 year ago
    I just don't see any benefit of having a cannabis retail store. I hope the citizens of Sarnia/Lambton will see that this would bring only harm and not good!
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    • derrick w. over 1 year ago
      What harm would it bring? Wasn't this the same rhetoric we were told about the casino?
    • SarniaNeedsWeed over 1 year ago
      What harm do you speculate would come from a retail store, Dianne?
  • Jayvanden over 1 year ago
    We need to have stores with it available, the website is too unreliable and people would prefer to pay cash for the product
  • GreatLakesSailor over 1 year ago
    Yes, I certainly agree with retail brick & mortar stores in Sarnia / Point Edward.

    Sarnia has a huge clientele of cannabis smokers. We also have a lot of senior citizens who may need CBD products. Allowing retail in Sarnia provides jobs. It also tells people from out of town that we are a progressive town where we don't judge you for your right to use cannabis; this could be a factor to those considering to move or start business in Sarnia.

    I will be purchasing online for now, or growing my own - however, I would love retail stores simply for conviencence, and quick instant variety of goods. I think a location downtown, mid-city, north end, lambton mall area, and point edward would be good choices. Don't be afraid to place these retail stores in busy areas..! People *will* get out and visit these stores, and if there is other shopping nearby while they are out getting their cannabis, then they will also likely support neighbouring businesses.

    We must realize that the Cannabis / Hemp industry is about to boom, and that there will be an abundance of well paying jobs in the agriculture sector of the industry, along with management jobs, etc. Sarnia-Lambton is already a big agriculture hub, and if we get on board full-force, we could be a leader within Ontario, or Canada with growing hemp/cannabis in greenhouses. The potential for Sarnia-Lambton is amazing, and something everyone should be ecstatic about. If we don't jump on the opportunities to be a leader now, we will miss out and allow other areas do better. It seems to me, that Sarnia is well aware that the petro-chemical boom days are over, and with the demand for alternative energy, and clean materials these days... Sarnia needs to look at new alternatives to chemical plants. We can be leaders of hemp-fiber products. Hemp concrete. Anything. We can be the leader in a brand new industry. We can open Lambton College up to brand new industry leading courses on hemp building materials and products. We can teach people the science behind growing cannabis, and CBD dominated products. The future is here, Sarnia, and we need to embrace the new economic opportunities!
  • Donna Boyle over 1 year ago
    Yes I believe we need these stores in Sarnia. I really believe it will help a lot of people in pain and maybe people will choose to buy marijuana instead of the hard drugs. I really think it will benefit everyone including Sarnia all together. There is some bad marijuana that’s mixed or grown with bad stuff so it’s better legally made and sold in stores here
  • BLheureux over 1 year ago
    Yes, I think we need one.
    Not everyone is going to order online, so they will either grow it or purchase it from someone else.
  • CodyLockrey92 over 1 year ago
    Retail stores for cannabis purchase in sarnoa would be a great idea, currently the gov. Is charging outrageous prices for cannabis, the postage delays have precented people from receiving their cannabis. This would give people the choice as to where to buy. Gov. Pot sucks anyways. I know im a medical patient
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    • derrick w. over 1 year ago
      You do realize that the OCS is government controlled not government supplied? Canopy, Aurora are just two suppliers for the OCS, not sure how you can say government pot sucks, you're in fact saying a company supplying the government with a product to suck. Me personally, I have a few friends who are also medical patients, I share a totally different opinion than you, not only can you choose from a list of THC levels, the quality is far superior than most black market weed. The smell, taste, smoothness out ranks random weed from the streets, but again only based on my experience, I don't doubt you may have had some bad experiences

      I'll also add that I'm under the impression that being government controlled, prices will be dictated by the government not the company, Government added a $1 excise tax on every gram, after that the province in which you live will dictate the final price by what tax% each province has.
  • imccallum87 over 1 year ago
    YES!
  • C.Lumley over 1 year ago
    As a Border City, we would be crazy not to opt in. It would be a lost tourism opportunity to opt out.
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    • derrick w. over 1 year ago
      This will not attract tourism unless Sarnia becomes the only city to opt-in, you did hear that Michigan also legalized recreational weed? Local economical growth is really the only reason to opt-in, unless the government decides to share revenues with communities.
  • SarahMac over 1 year ago
    Yes, absolutely.
  • acocozzo over 1 year ago
    100% Opt in.
  • SarniaNeedsWeed over 1 year ago
    Sarnia should 100% be OPTING IN to retail stores. Cannabis is legal and that’s not going to change. Just because a few people from the Reefer Madness era disagree with that doesn’t mean everyone else should have to suffer. It is a ridiculous claim to make that it would make the city “look bad” it is LEGAL country-wide! Maybe people with this sentiment should not live in Canada if they’re worried about looking bad?
    What’s more, not everyone has access to a car to drive to another city, or regular access to the internet to order online. Some people definitely don’t have credit cards either. Does that make them any less valid when wanting to purchase cannabis? No. Every legal citizen should have equal access to cannabis just the same as all other controlled substances. I personally believe opting out is only going to help the black market continue to thrive. Retail stores will not only make legal purchases easier to access, it will generate jobs, which create income and stimulate the economy. Even if the tax money doesn’t go directly to the city, it stimulates economic growth in other ways.
    Also, if the fiasco at the Ontario Cannabis Store (as well as Canada Post) has been any indication of how reliable ordering online will be, we definitely need in-store options. Some people still have not received orders they placed on the 17th. As a lifelong resident of Sarnia I urge you to opt-in. Please do not give us residents yet another reason to leave the city to spend our hard earned money. And thank you for allowing us to share our opinions. Hopefully the overwhelming YES response here will be heard loud and clear!
  • christy272 over 1 year ago
    No I don't want one
  • ihavechosenmygod over 1 year ago
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  • Kmadere15 over 1 year ago
    A ban on cannabis stores would be just another example of sarnia staying firmly BEHIND the curve when it comes to socio-economic growth and innovation.
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    • La_TA over 1 year ago
      I absolutely agree with you. It's so frustrating seeing the same problems plague this city that have been around since 1990. Coincidence? I think not...
  • Kathleen Cobb Melnichuk over 1 year ago
    No thanks!!!
  • Virg Inia over 1 year ago
    they need to look professional like Spirit Leaf stores or Medmen Stores :)
  • BUDDY over 1 year ago
    I think it would be foolish not to allow retail locations
  • Pickles11 over 1 year ago
    Cannabis retail stores should be allowed. It will generate some tax dollars and there is a need for it in the community for medical and social use. There should be some restrictions about where they can be located (not near schools or childrens parks). The store signage should be tasteful and discreet and there should be a limit on how many there can be.
  • katkin0548273 over 1 year ago
    I have no oppositions to this. Cash in.
  • MVRes over 1 year ago
    I agree that cannabis shops should be allowed to open in the City of Sarnia.

    I think that there should be a limit on the number of stores, and they should not be located near elementary or secondary schools.

    I think the city should add a small sales tax on it to generate revenue if there is not another way for the local government to draw income from having marijuana shops in the area.

    I think that marijuana should not be smoked in public parks.


    I prefer that it only be smoked on private property because I experience dreadfully severe cannabinoid hypremesis. It is not an uncommon condition. I am very afraid of having an attack while in public. Here is a link to an article about the research on cannabinoid hypremesis for further discussion about potential City By-Laws regarding cannabis. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121022081353.htm
  • Menz over 1 year ago
    I think having a retail market in Sarnia makes good sense as long as the regulations are tight that being the provinces model and give municipalities some say in where stores are to be located etc.
  • Smeecer over 1 year ago
    Support for retail stores!!
  • AB613 over 1 year ago
    I am in favour of cannabis being available in retail stores. it would be silly to opt out.
  • Oneclassylady over 1 year ago
    I am in support if local cannabis retail in Sarnia.
  • bradjcullis over 1 year ago
    Sarnia should definitely opt-in. The market exists regardless and by opting out, we would be forgoing the potential employment opportunities, and tax revenues. There are many locations throughout the city that could accomadate and benefit from the addition of a productive and active physical storefront to help generate much needed life and activity.
  • jennitav1111 over 1 year ago
    I support local cannabis retail stores . Please make this happen . It will be so much easier for people to obtain their medicine , and think of the business opportunities.
  • Cindy over 1 year ago
    I’m in favour of cannabis retail stores. It will create a few more jobs and generate revenue for the city. I would like to see the product sold by trained professionals that know the multitude of ways the product can be used.
  • 68peas over 1 year ago
    Yes, I support local marijuana retail stores in our community!
  • Kristal O over 1 year ago
    I am 100% for Cannabis Retail Stores. I think it should maintain only a few select locations, much like LCBO. Legal purchasing will greatly decrease illegal sales and inevitably boost the economy. It will create jobs and be an overall benefit in my opinion.
  • Debbie Martin over 1 year ago
    Yes we should have Cannabis Retail Stores.
  • Diane over 1 year ago
    Ontario chose to make it legal so why not have local stores. I am mot a smoker but people that do know where it's readily available.
  • David Brock over 1 year ago
    Allow retail stores, Allow smoking where ever cigarettes are allowed, Allow cultivation of 2 plants. Follow the rest of the regulations of what's allowed un der the law. Prohibition doesn't work.
  • Lee Mickolwin over 1 year ago
    Keep it on line purchases only. Keep it out of our parks and the street sidewalks.
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    • MomOf2 over 1 year ago
      Ok, I agree and disagree, yes keep it away from our parks. Rest I don’t agree with.
    • Laura Metcalf over 1 year ago
      whether it is purchased online or in store probably won’t make a difference for where it’s being used.
  • Ste Glow over 1 year ago
    I am for it
  • Janet LaVoie-MacIlquham over 1 year ago
    Marijuana is legal. It should be available just as any other legal substance, such as alcohol. Instead of demonizing it or using scare tactics, why not have a conversation about moderation and proper times of use.

    I'm all for having retail access to the product, and the lucrative tax dollars that come with that.
  • Chelsea over 1 year ago
    As long as the storefronts are respectful and well kept, why not? Brings a few more jobs, more tax dollars, gives people an option to go into a store and talk to (hopefully) knowledgeable people about different products.
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    • MomOf2 over 1 year ago
      I agree.
  • MomOf2 over 1 year ago
    I think 1 or 2 pot shops is more then enough, I believe the city has a responsibility to monitor the sales.
    I don’t think it should be like native smokes shops you drive up river rd and all you see are smoke shops.
    People should be required to be subjected to criminal record check before being granted a license to sell.
    List of dispensary they will be using to acquire the cannabis. And shops should be subjected to be checked for other controlled substances, with little to no notice.

    I think crossing all T’s dot the i’s it will be a fine investment. But not watched closely or to many will make it hard to watch or monitor properly.

    It will be a valuable thing for medical cannabis patients who needs refills and used dispensary being sold out, this will help them get meds they need.

    I don’t think oregano should be used to show case pot. Should be treated as adult store little to no window displays.
  • Roberto Poore over 1 year ago
    Sarnians need an alternative to alcohol , tobacco and opiates .
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Are you serious?
  • Morgan over 1 year ago
    Sarnia should allow cannabis retail stores. Why keep the black market running? This city needs the tax dollars, too.
  • Gman over 1 year ago
    Opting out would be one more thing to keep Sarnia in the dark ages. Come on people. It's the 21st century. Get with the program!
  • Sean Dillon over 1 year ago
    I support allowing retail cannabis stores in Sarnia. It is a legal product and one which employs local people in its cultivation. Allow the free market to be free! I am not a cannabis consumer but see no harm in allowing its sale.
  • M_riley21 over 1 year ago
    Absolutely the city should opt in for canibis retail stores.
  • TD over 1 year ago
    Totally agree with having Cannabis retail stores in Sarnia.
  • Susie Laur over 1 year ago
    We should open them, it will bring money into our city and exclude the black market more.
    It might not get rid of them but it will help!
    Let’s do this Sarnia, it’s about time!
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      Its not always just about money
  • Edd Daca over 1 year ago
    Do we get tax money? I nor our family have taken drugs but if someone is suffering from heath maybe it helps.
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    • Paul over 1 year ago
      They should have just kept it for medical uses only
  • Brittany Faubert over 1 year ago
    I'd rather see a legitimate place of business open up for this. It's legal. People are going to source it both through legal and illegal means. Let's make it easier for them to choose the legal avenue to purchase
  • Eringilb314 over 1 year ago
    People are going to be buying it online anyways. Might as well create jobs and open a store here in sarnia. Council needs to realize that it’s now legal. I personally don’t use but for those that do, it’s their right to have access
  • Deborah Duguay over 1 year ago
    It's legal ....so sell it!
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    • BrandyG over 1 year ago
      Also, can you imagine if we could only purchase beer online? How silly.
  • BrandyG over 1 year ago
    I think it would be a good business opportunity for some locals.