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Response to city pot survey pretty high

The City of Sarnia has received over 700 responses to a survey asking whether retail cannabis sales should be allowed in the city.

The province is giving municipalities until January 22, 2019 to opt out of selling legal marijuana.

Deputy Clerk James Jenkins said they’re still going through the comments.

“It’s a little too early to say because we’re still analyzing the data and we just met with the consultants for the company today,” said Jenkins. “We’re working on that this week, but we’ll make sure that data is included in the report to council.

“The number of respondents is good for us. We look at that as being statistically significant for our population.”

Right now, legal pot is only for sale online in Ontario but retail stores are expected to be launched in April.

City staff will use the responses to develop a report and recommendation to be considered by city council on December 17.