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Cannabis is Now Legal in Canada - What Does that Mean for Cramahe?

On October 17, 2018, recreational cannabis became legal in Canada. From municipalities through to the Federal Government this will have impact on all levels of government. Each level of government has distinct responsibilities in ensuring that the legalization of recreational cannabis is implemented with consideration to community safety, health and economic opportunity. 

The provincial government will introduce legislation to allow the private sector to retail recreational cannabis in Ontario by April 1, 2019. In the meantime and as of October 17, consumers 19 or older will be able to purchase recreational cannabis through an online retail platform operated by the Ontario Cannabis Store. View Ontario's Cannabis Retail Regulation Landscape


Source: Government of Canada

 

     Legalization & Regulating Retail Stores Presentation

Cramahe Council Opts-In for Cannabis Retail Stores 

At the Council meeting held on January 8, 2019, Cramahe Council passed the following resolution to Opt-In to retail cannabis store. 

Resolution #19-005
Moved by Councillor Van Egmond Seconded by Councillor Clark
“THAT Report ADMIN-01-19 be received for information; and
THAT Council OPT-IN to allowing retail cannabis stores in locations within zones that permit retail commercial establishments in Township of Cramahe.”
"CARRIED"

Public Notice for a Cannabis Retail Store Authorization

 

 All cannabis Retail Store Authorization applications that are undergoing the public notice process will be searchable on the AGCO’s website through the iAGCO portal.

 

 Federal Government

On October 17, 2018, the The Cannabis Act (Bill C45) came into force. It puts in place a new, strict framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis in Canada.

The Cannabis Act will:

  • prevent youth from accessing cannabis
  • displace the illegal cannabis market 

Protecting the health and safety of youth is a top priority. Be aware that the Cannabis Act establishes serious criminal penalties for those who sell or provide cannabis to youth. It also establishes a new offence and strict penalties for those who use youth to commit a cannabis offence.

In addition, the Act also prohibits:

  • products that are appealing to youth
  • packaging or labelling cannabis in a way that makes it appealing to youth
  • selling cannabis through self-service displays or vending machines
  • promoting cannabis that could entice young people to use cannabis, except in narrow circumstances where it will not be seen by a young person


More Information

View the Government of Canada's website for further information.

 Provincial Government
Recreational cannabis was legalized on October 17, 2018 by the Federal Government. Ontario’s Government for the People has put rules in place to keep cannabis out of the hands of children and youth, keep our roads safe and combat the illegal market.

Ontario now has laws in place (after extensive public and stakeholder engagement) about how, where and who can buy and possess cannabis in the province. The government is also moving forward with a tightly regulated private retail model for cannabis that would launch by April 1, 2019. 

Medical cannabis will continue to be subject to different rules than recreational cannabis.

More Information
View the Province of Ontario's website for further information. 
 Citizen Inquiries and Complaints - Who to Call? 
  • Complaints about use, sales and distribution of cannabis and drug impairment while driving - Ontario Provincial Police at (613)-475-1313 (Brighton Detachement), (705)-653-3300 (Campbellford), (905)-372-5421 (Cobourg) or 9-1-1.
  • Questions related to health impacts (ie., second-hand smoke or impact on children) - Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577.
  • Complaints about smoking cannabis on Municipal property and facilities and in public spaces - By-law Enforcement at 905-355-2821 Ext. 126.
 Retail Licence Requests
The government of Ontario has announced the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) as the regulator for privately run recreational cannabis stores. The AGCO’s focus will be on the safe, responsible and lawful sale of cannabis, consistent with the government legislation, once enacted.

The AGCO will move quickly to define the licensing process for private retailers once the legislation has been enacted, and will work closely with the government to support the goal of having private stores licensed and open for business by April 1, 2019.

The AGCO will provide a list of municipalities who have opted-in to private sales of cannabis and how to obtain a retail license request.
 Cannabis Documents

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