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Pot legalization engagement sessions start Saturday

Medical marijuana is shown in Toronto on November 5, 2017. Medical marijuana patients are preparing themselves for an uphill battle to get the Liberals to reverse course on a federal plan to slap a new tax on their medicine when cannabis becomes legal later this year. The lobbying effort will happen as MPs debate the government's 500-plus page budget bill that would, if approved unchanged, remove the planned excise tax on legal marijuana sales from a small group of cannabis-based drugs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

As the legalization of pot approaches, the municipality is asking residents and stakeholders to share their opinions.

A series of public engagement sessions start April 14 at the Anzac Recreation Centre and run at various locations across the region until May 15.

The drop-in sessions will allow residents to engage with municipal representatives and learn more about how cannabis legalization will impact our community

Jamie Doyle, Director of Planning and Development said any recommendation developed will be aligned with federal and provincial legislation.

“The Federal Government has signaled it will legalize recreational cannabis this summer and we want to ensure any proposed Bylaw changes for Council’s consideration are guided by the communities, residents and stakeholders we serve,”

The federal and provincial governments have already established several rules and regulations including minimum age requirements, possession limits and separation distances from schools and health care facilties.

The Municipality is focused on proposed changes to the Land Use Bylaw, Business Licence Bylaw and Smoking Bylaw and in establishing rules for public consumption, among other new guidelines.

An online survey, will be open until May 15.