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City of Ottawa survey shows residents overwhelmingly in favour of retail pot shops

Administrative staff say the response from the community to this survey was unlike anything they've ever seen. 
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With more than 16,000 survey responses from local residents, the City of Ottawa says 78 per cent support the opening of retail cannabis stores.

There were around 23,000 responses overall, to the city survey which was launched after marijuana legalization on October 17.

The survey was conducted by random telephone call as well as online, and General Manager of Emergency and Protective Services Anthony Di Monte said the city had never experienced a response like this.

"23,000 -- we've never seen that -- and I think the 16,000 is significant," he explained.

Wednesday was the first meeting for the City of Ottawa's new City Council.

The survey information was tabled at the meeting, with a recommendation from staff that the city go forward with allowing cannabis stores. 

The issue will be debated more extensively at a special meeting on December 13. Public delegations will also get a chance to ask questions to Ottawa Public Health, Ottawa's Chief of Police and other city officials, at the special meeting.


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