Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield is saving his opinions on the sale of cannabis, until after the fall election. This comes as municipalities across Ontario will reportedly have the option to opt-out of having private retail stores sell cannabis in commnuities, once it's legalized next year. 

"It's going to be the new council that makes the decision on that," he said. "I know what my personal feelings are, but I won't share them."

The Ontario government announced that the sale of cannabis would be in the hands of private retailers, opposed to the previous plan of having provincial retail stores. That being said, privately-owned retail stores will still have certain provincial rules and regulations to follow. 

Canfield added that he's looking forward to meeting with provincial cabinet ministers next week in Ottawa, and noted that the sale of cannabis will be a hot-button issue. Mayors and councillors from across the province will also be meeting in Ottawa.

"We're looking forward to it. I think it's going to be good," said the mayor. "Minister (Greg) Rickford has already announced that twinning is one of his top priorities, and that's always a good thing."

For many, it will be their first chance to get to know members of the new Tory government under Doug Ford.

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