Thunder Bay is powerless when it comes to legalized cannabis storefronts, says city manager Norm Gale.

“We have no authority in this,” he said. “None. It is the province’s doing and the province’s making.”

City council unanimously voted to allow private cannabis stores in Thunder Bay on Monday. However, the city has no role in the selection of vendors, the number of stores or store location, other than being in properly zoned areas, said Gale.

The Ontario government, led by Premier Doug Ford, has put a cap on the number of cannabis retailers in the province to 25, with only two licences given in Northern Ontario.

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