Here are the election results:
Mayor: Bryan Paterson
Countryside: Gary Oosterhof
Loyalist-Cataraqui: Simon Chappelle
Collins-Bayridge: Lisa Osanic
Lakeside: Wayne Hill
Portsmouth: Bridget Doherty
Trillium: Robert Kiley
Kingscourt-Rideau: Mary-Rita Holland
Meadowbrook Strathcona: Jeff McLaren
Williamsville: Jim Neill
Sydenham: Peter Stroud
King's Town: Rob Hutchison
Pittsburgh: Ryan Nelson Boehme
“There is a lot at stake, especially because there is already a robust retail market 30 minutes down the road that doesn’t show any signs of slowing down,” McLean said. “Kingston shouldn’t be forced to go to Deseronto or any other place. Kingston should be able to purchase cannabis in Kingston.”
For proponents of greater access to cannabis, the biggest hurdle to having retail sales may be city council, which by the middle of January will have to decide if retail cannabis stores will be allowed in the city, how many there will be, and where they will be permitted.
Kingston city council had a mayoral debate last Thursday night and cannabis sales in Kingston was not a popular topic with the panel! The two leading candidates said they would be willing to OPT OUT of cannabis sales in Kingston if they don't get more information from the provincial government soon.
That's where we come in!
We need to work with the province and encourage them to provide more guidance to communities not sure about opting in. We need to show Kingston City Council that we do want safe and legal cannabis sales in Kingston (instead of being forced to go online or to the black market). We need to protect our community and children from continued prohibition of cannabis within our city limits!