The Town of Collingwood has received $41,123 from the provincial government through the Ontario Cannabis Legalization Implementation Fund (OCLIF) this year.
The payments are intended to be used for enforcement, emergency response, and policy creation surrounding legalized marijuana, in exchange for the town opting in to allow retail cannabis stores within the municipality, which Collingwood did in January.
According to town communications officer Adam Ferguson, the funding has been sufficient so far.
“Yes, the amount has been enough. So far, the town has spent $7,000 on cannabis-related corporate training. The town will continue to explore opportunities as community needs and impacts arise,” he said.
The province had promised to hand out $15 million across Ontario for each OCLIF payment. The first instalment in January was calculated using 2018 MPAC household numbers, a 50/50 split of household numbers between lower and upper-tier municipalities (like Simcoe County).
Collingwood’s first legal pot shop is slated to open on Dec. 21.
Sessions Cannabis will open at 312 Hurontario Street this weekend.
For our initial story on Sessions Cannabis, click here.
- with files from Erika Engel