• John Jantak

Vaudreuil-Dorion to consult with public on city’s first pot shop


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Vaudreuil-Dorion elected council members said that while cannabis retail outlets will open in the city, their intention is to keep the locales far from residential areas and schools.

Vaudreuil-Dorion is preparing for the eventual opening of a cannabis retail distribution centre in the municipality and is asking for citizen feedback, it was announced at the monthly council meeting on Monday, August 13.

The exact location hasn’t yet been determined but the city has already earmarked three possible sites for the outlet – along the retail sector of Boulevard de la Gare and along the commercial areas of a portion of Avenue St. Charles and Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes.

Retail outlets

The retail sale of marijuana will be done exclusively through newly-created provincial subsidiary retail outlets called the Société Québécoise du Cannabis (SQDC) that will be managed by the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ).

Pro-Mayor and District 8 Councillor Paul Dumoulin said the city’s intention is to keep the outlet as far away from residential areas and especially schools, kindergartens, and daycare centres. The SQDC has not yet set a date to announce where the outlet will be located. Dumoulin expects an announcement will be made possibly before the end of the year or by early 2019.

‘No one is really ready’

“It’s better that we let the government know where we would like the outlet to be located rather than having them make that decision for us. I know some cities are trying to do something against it. I don’t think anyone is really ready but the government is still going ahead with it,” Dumoulin told The Journal.

The legalization of cannabis across Canada will officially take effect on October 17. Each province and territory will legislate how cannabis will be grown, distributed, and sold within their own jurisdictions. Each municipality will be responsible for modifying and enforcing their own by-laws regarding the use of cannabis, especially in public spaces.

Public consultation on September 4

Vaudreuil-Dorion is already home to two indoor marijuana cultivation centres. Dumoulin said its public security department will enforce municipal regulations that prohibit smoking in parks and near public and government buildings after cannabis becomes legal. Other aspects are less clear – especially regarding the consumption of marijuana on private property or inside condos and apartment buildings.

Citizens are being invited to attend a public consultation meeting to find out more details and to voice any concerns. The meeting will take place at City Hall on 2555 Rue Dutrisac at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4.

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Pro-Mayor Paul Dumoulin is asking motorists to become more mindful about their driving habits by respecting speed limits and making complete stops in school zones especially during the morning and afternoon rush hours.

Stop sign scofflaws

Pro-Mayor Dumoulin is calling on residents to be more conscientious about respecting stop signs especially in school zones. A couple of irate residents pleaded to council during the first question period to do something to make drivers aware of their near misses involving children.

Dumoulin said the city is aware of the problem from all the studies it has done on speeding and disregarding stops. He said most of the problems occur weekday mornings between 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. and afternoons from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. because of the multi-tasking that people have to do.

“It has nothing to do with people having a lead foot on the gas pedal. It’s all in the mindset of the driver where they feel they have to go faster because they’re late. These people have to look at themselves to resolve the problems with speeding and not making stops. People have to change their attitudes,” said Dumoulin.

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