The debate over whether to welcome legal cannabis stores in Hamilton has ended in a strange fashion.

City Council symbolically voted 10-6 to “opt in” late Monday afternoon, but that had already been decided when Ward 4 Coun. Sam Merulla’s motion to “opt out” was defeated in an 8-8 stalemate.

The divided council’s decision means Hamilton will be on the map when Ontario’s first 25 private, licensed retail cannabis stores open in April.

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