By Brendan Shykora

The City of Ottawa wants to know what residents think about retail cannabis stores, before it decides whether to allow them in the city.

A public survey on the city’s website was posted on Oct 25, and residents have until Nov. 7 to have their say. Paper copies of the survey are available at the city’s client service centres.

With 23 questions, the survey asks participants to give their thoughts on a wide range of points, such as whether they think retail stores will make it easier for people to purchase the products they want, or if they’re concerned about the smell from stores selling recreational cannabis.

Ontario will allow cannabis retail stores to operate beginning April 1, 2019. Cities in the province have until Jan. 22, 2019 to decide whether to allow physical stores to exist within their borders.

Since legalization on Oct. 17, Ontarians have been able to order legal cannabis online through the Ontario Cannabis Store