The Brampton city council voted Monday night for legalized marijuana shops in their city on April 1. Board members choose eight to three to vote.
The vote came after an increasingly heated three-hour meeting when council members debated whether to allow brick and mortar marijuana stores within the city limits.
At least one person stormed out of the council room angrily, but several people stood up and cheered when the final vote was announced.
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Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, who participated in the city election, said he was proud of the maturity shown by the council members.
"This is a difficult debate for our city, but I am proud of our city council because it shows maturity to see all the angles of this," Brown said after the vote.
"I'm sure that's what made the best decision for the city of Brampton."
Last-minute voting came only a day before the city of Ontario could choose to opt out of the private marijuana business.
Ontario's Progressive Conservative Government announced last year that the regional government must make a decision whether to host pot shops before January 22, 2019.
So far, cities including Mississauga, Markham and Oakville have chosen to opt out.
The top bureaucrats in Brampton recommend that cities allow shops.
A recent telephone survey and online poll conducted by the city found that 54 percent of the population supported the opening of a marijuana shop, while 62 percent of marijuana buyers said they preferred shopping at a physical store in the Ontario Cannabis Store which was only online. .
"Therefore, the staff recommends that the Board support City which allows private marijuana retailers to operate in Brampton," said the report.
While the city has until January 22 to vote out, the province will allow local governments to reverse the decision later. However, cities that choose to allow marijuana stores now will not be allowed to leave later.
Earlier this month, the PC government held a lottery and mentioned the first 25 companies that could apply for a marijuana retail permit in the province.
Six of the winners are in the area of 905.
The first store is scheduled to open on April 1.