During the municipal election, one of the candidates raised the point that they would need to hear from Kingstonians about whether they really want cannabis sales in Kingston or not. We will canvass for 6 weeks from the end of October until early December. Our team of volunteers will canvass throughout the city with the goal of 2500 in person signatures on our petition. 2500 represents more signatures than any one councillor received on their campaign, and more 10% of the vote that Mayor Paterson won in his campaign. If we manage to pass our goal before our 6 weeks is up, we will continue canvassing to see how far we can go!
Step 2: Work with the city
We will arrange meetings with each of the city councillors individually to discuss the importance of opting in. We will provide each of the councillors with information about safe cannabis use and how retail could look in Kingston. We will open up the lines of communication and be a pro-cannabis resource for them. We will also work with KEDCO and Kingston City Police to make sure that all aspects of the economy and public safety are taken into consideration.
Step 3: Work with the province
We will work with our members of provincial parliament, Ian Arthur and Randy Hillier, to get additional details about the proposed retail plan. Mayor Paterson has said on numerous occasions that he would be willing to opt out of cannabis sales if the province was not forthcoming with information. We will act as a liaison to ensure our Mayor and the council have all the information they need (including what other municipalities are doing and our recommendations for how to proceed) to feel comfortable making the right decision.
Opting out of legal cannabis sales is opting into illegal cannabis sales.