Just to ‘re-hash’ what is happening when it comes to cannabis legislation, we thought we would take another look at it.
On October 17, 2018, recreational cannabis became legal in Canada and that will have an impact on all three levels of government, including at the local municipality level.
Each government level has unique responsibilities to ensure that the legalization of recreational cannabis is implemented with regard 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, 2018 consumers ages 19 years or older will be able to purchase recreational cannabis through an on-line retail platform operated by the Ontario Cannabis Store only.
Municipal governments have until January 22nd (2019) to opt out of ‘storefront’ cannabis sales in their communities. Councils have a one-time only option to opt-out of private sales and CAN opt-back in at a later date. However, those that do not exercise the ‘opt-out’ option are in fact considered “in” and, therefore may no longer opt out.
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.
The Town of Saugeen Shores launched a survey to gather public input regarding storefront sales and use of cannabis in the municipality.
“Council has to make a decision on how the legalization of cannabis fits into our community. This is an important conversation to have with both our residents and businesses.” said Mayor Luke Charbonneau.
The survey and more information can be found at .
“Council and I are committed to hearing from the community and making an informed decision on behalf of the residents of Saugeen Shores.” said Mayor Charbonneau.
The online public input survey closes December 31st.
For more information and to access the survey, visit .