Brampton residents oppose Marijuana Shops, Councillor Dhillon lauds spirit of activism

Brampton, September 18, 2020 (Yes Punjab News)
Following a request for an update, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has informed Councillor Gurpreet Singh Dhillon that the recent application for a proposed marijuana shop in Brampton Wards 9 & 10, located at 65 Braydon Boulevard, is no longer active. They further stated that the application will be removed from their official website.

The application went into a “Public Notice” period from July 17th, 2020 to August 1st, 2020 to allow public feedback. The proposed location was in a residential neighborhood with several schools and parks within walking distance, and local area residents had shared their concerns with Regional Councillor Gurpreet Singh Dhillon from the onset of the application.

During this time, residents came together and demonstrated their opposition to the application by filing objections on the AGCO website, and encouraging members of the community to do the same. Additionally, residents organized a rally and invited members of the media along with other dignitaries from all levels of government, to share their community safety concerns in regards to the proposed marijuana shop application.

Due to privacy concerns the AGCO has stated it cannot release additional information regarding the file.

Gurpreet Singh Dhillon, Regional Councillor Wards 9 & 10:
“This was an initiative undertaken and driven by the residents, and I commend their spirit of activism. This was not a debate on the legality of marijuana, however it was a debate on the appropriateness of the location, to which I stood my constituents.

Jasbir Singh Boparai, Community Spokesman
“With four schools close by, and the proposed location being in a family oriented neighborhood we wanted to protect our children and ensure the safety of our community. I am proud of the work of the residents, media, and the elected officials who stood by us, and I am satisfied that this application is no longer active.”

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