4.9 million Canadians adults used cannabis at least once in 2017 - and they spent an estimated $5.7 billion.
These revenues went to criminals, instead of being reinvested into our communities.
The evidence is clear: there is a large and growing market for legal recreational cannabis.
Legal sales of recreational cannabis offers adult customers safe access.
Legal sales takes a valuable source of revenue out of the hands of drug dealers and criminals.
It will create new jobs in our community, and new tax revenues to help support our vital local services
Colorado and Washington State offer two examples of the potential of this market.
With a combined population smaller than Ontario's, annual sales are now more than $3 billion, with tax revenue of more than $650 million.
This mean new tax revenue for our communities.
Addiction is a serious concern. Cannabis is not chemically addictive, yet overuse can impact lives.
Statistics Canada estimates that adults, aged 25-64, have less than a 1% chance of developing a cannabis use disorder in a year.
Strict rules ensure locations will be far from schools - our our commitment is to be more than 5x the minimum.
Unfortunately, drug dealers are selling to children in our community today. They are not concerned with our kids’ safety, and often also sell other drugs.
Legal sales will put criminals out of business and drive them out of our community, while keeping cannabis out of the hand of children.
The Government of Canada legalized cannabis to drive criminals out and to protect our children. Saying ‘no’ to cannabis retail in Brampton undermines that goal.
Several illegal dispensaries are operating in our city - and these are the ones bold enough to advertise their presence.
Saying ‘no’ will ensure that this illegal market will continue to thrive.
We are a team of entrepreneurs, born and raised in Brampton. Our ties to the community run three generations deep.
Our combined expertise in business, medicine and government gives us a clear advantage. We are committed to protecting our community.
We want to invest in our community - to develop a responsible cannabis market in Ontario.
We want to be part of the revitalization of the communities where we operate.
We want to see the positive economic benefits reinvested in the communities where we operate, while also removing the crime element and negative stigma from cannabis - we want safe communities.
Cannabis should be sold in a responsible manner.