The general research approach can be understood by breaking down the methods used to achieve each objective identified previously. Objective 1 follows a dialogue discussing the impacts and benifits of the legalization of marijuana in thier relation to determining where a dispensary may be located in Guelph. Objective 2 outlines how an MCE analysis is most appropriate for the research being conducted. Objective 3 illustrates the specific properties of the MCE and applies the model to the City of Guelph. Objective 4 discusses the methods used to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the applied model. ArcMap 10.5 and Microsoft Excel 2016 are the primary software platforms used to conduct this analysis.
Objective 1: To identify relevant criteria and limitations from literature related to siting approved marijuana dispensaries.
Objective 2: To establish an MCE model to determine the most suitable location for incoming dispensaries in approved municipalities.
Objective 3: To apply the model to the City of Guelph to determine the most suitable location for marijuana dispensaries.
Objective 4: To evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the GIS-MCE model.