Marijuana retail sales will not be allowed in the county.
At least not right now.
Council expressed their concerns with the idea of allowing retail sales of marijuana in the county, especially with staff’s recommendation of allowing it to be sold in very common areas like corner stores.
Councillor Peter Black asked his fellow councillors to go with the prohibition approach at this time, noting that the province is still in the dark as to how they want to roll out retail sales and felt it as premature for Norfolk to set up a system now.
Staff did nudge council to not go down this path as this and similar options could be viewed as people zoning, limited access to a product to a certain group of individuals.
Prior to council voting on this decision, there was some discussion of allowing these sales only in specific zones within the county.
Ward 1 Councillor Noel Haydt was the only person sitting around the table to vote against the motion.
This decision is in effect for the time being but can be changed if the new council wishes to look at the issue.