Hamilton trustees urge minister to curb cannabis shopsPosted by On


Hamilton’s public school board is urging Queen’s Park to put more space between legal pot shops and schools.

Trustees on Jan. 30 unanimously directed board chair Alex Johnstone write a letter to Education Minister Lisa Thompson objecting to the minimum 150-metre separation set by her government.

Dundas-area trustee Paul Tut, who pushed for the missive, said the distance is far too short and could see cannabis stores open within easy walking distance for students, including in a strip plaza near Dundas Valley Secondary School.

“I think reasonable minds will say just don’t put them near schools and children. We have data out there that shows what this stuff can do to young minds, developing minds,” Tut said, calling the province’s policy on pot shops “ham-fisted.”

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