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A Manitoba town has voted to permit cannabis stores to set up shop within town limits.

On Oct. 14, a plebiscite was held in Altona, Man., asking residents ‘should licenced retail cannabis stores be allowed in Altona?’

In total, 1,155 voters cast their ballots, including through advanced polls on Oct. 8, mail-in ballots, and mobile polling stations. Of these 1,155 voters, 692 voted to allow retail cannabis stores, and 463 voted against it,

Al Friesen, mayor of Altona, said in a news release that the results of the plebiscite are encouraging.

He noted town council had “supported the original decision to not oppose the establishment of a retail cannabis operation for what we felt were valid reasons of growth, progress and safety for residents of all ages, and feel validated that the community agreed with our goal of moving forward.”

The town called a plebiscite after community members presented a petition calling for one.

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