Smith Falls, Canopy Growth Push Back on Canada Monopoly Mindset

The Ontario government has been crystal clear when it comes to its views on marijuana retail. If you want to own a private storefront, you must go elsewhere. But a decision by the Town Council of Smith Falls Ontario has the potential change that — or at the very least, reignite the conversation surrounding marijuana retail in Canada.

The monopoly mantra is a tune Canada’s largest province has sung since the early days of legalization. But the melody may change ever so slightly with the potential addition of a private store run by Canopy Growth Corporation, the world’s largest marijuana producer.

On Nov. 13, the Town Council, led by Mayor Shawn Pankow, passed a motion to approach the province regarding a Canopy Growth retail outlet. The store would be housed at the main production facility for the marijuana giant, inside the former Hershey’s chocolate factory.

“We sent letters to Minister Sousa, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi, and Premier Wynne on Tuesday,” said Mayor Pankow in an interview with “Our staff are following up with phone calls to try to arrange a face-to-face meeting, hopefully in the next couple of weeks,” he said.

Pankow added…

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