The possible shift from public to private weed sales is coming with some questions in Muskoka.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is expected to announce the cancellation of the Ontario Cannabis Store model, moving to offer recreational marijuana sales in privately-owned businesses across the province. Ahead of that announcement, Mayor Graydon Smith says he’s hopeful Ford reaches out to municipal officials sooner than later.

Smith says the original OCS model left a large hole for store sales of recreational marijuana in Central Ontario. He says this new model would provide an opportunity for prospective entrepreneurs in Muskoka to start a new business.

The previous Wynne-government had set up the OCS model, planning to open 40 stores by the end of 2018 and offering sales from 150 stores across the province in the next few years. Recreational marijuana sales will become legal on October 17th.