Brantford city councillors voted 7-4 Tuesday night to opt out of permitting legal cannabis stores to operate within the municipality.

They also voted in favour of having staff monitor the experiences of other municipalities and report back to council prior to November.

“The province needs to improve the system and the question is how do you get a better system,” said Mayor Kevin Davis, who voted to opt out. “The way you do it is to opt out temporarily and try to get a better deal.

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