Cannabis Plant

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

Let your voice be heard by Council, attend one of our Public Information Sessions being held at Colborne Town Hall on January 3rd, 2019 at 3:30pm and 6:00pm. 


Source: Government of Canada


 Legalization & Regulating Retail Stores Presentation

Municipal Governments Can 'Opt-Out' of Retail Cannabis Sales 

Municipal governments can opt out of cannabis sales in their communities by January 22, 2019. Councils that opt-out of private sales can opt-back in at a later date - while a decision to opt-in cannot be reversed. All municipal governments will receive at least $10,000 to support transition to legal cannabis and the province will announce the full funding allocation in the future.


 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. 
 Public Engagement & Council Meeting Schedule

The Township of Cramahe is seeking community input on whether to allow Private Recreational Cannabis Retail Stores. Feedback will be provided to Council for consideration. 


To let your voice be heard by Council, you have the opportunity to complete our online survey (above). 




Attend our Public Information Session on January 3rd, 2019

3:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Colborne Town Hall, 1 Toronto Street- Council Chambers


These public information sessions are for residents of Cramahe Township & Business Owners to gain Information on the regulation of Private Retail Cannabis Stores.


Paper copies of the survey will be available at the Town Hall (1 Toronto Street, Colborne) or the Keeler Centre (80 Division Street). 


For more information you may contact By-law at 905-355-2821, ext. 126


 Town Issued News
 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