Retail Cannabis Survey and Background
Posted: December 5, 2018
The Town of Petrolia is engaging the public to obtain feedback on the option for municipalities to opt-out of Recreational Cannabis Retail Stores. The municipality must make this decision prior to the January 22, 2019 Provincial opt-out deadline. In compliment to the survey the Town of Petrolia will be hosting a Recreational Cannabis Retail Open House on January 14, 2019.
On October 17, 2018, the Cannabis Act https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/17c26 came into force.
The Cannabis Act creates a strict legal framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis across Canada. The Act aims to accomplish 3 goals:
- keep cannabis out of the hands of youth
- keep profits out of the pockets of criminals
- protect public health and safety by allowing adults access to legal cannabis
In Ontario, the Cannabis Act, Smoke Free Ontario Act https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/17s26 Highway Traffic Act https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90h08 govern production, distribution, sale, consumption and possession of cannabis, including:
- where and when cannabis can and cannot be used
- recreational cannabis sales
- how much you are permitted to carry
- growing cannabis
Recreational Cannabis Retail Stores
As of October 17, 2018 the legal sale of cannabis is restricted to online sales through the Provincially operated Ontario Cannabis Store (OSC). The Province of Ontario is launching a private retail model for cannabis on April 1, 2019. This framework will be used to help municipalities work with potential business owners who wish to open a cannabis retail store. The municipal deadline to opt-out of the private retail model is January 22, 2019.
Regulations for private retails sales are currently being drafted by Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General; these regulations are anticipated to be in place for April 1, 2019.
Municipalities are being offered the opportunity to opt out of having a retail store in their community, and is so choose to must opt out by January 22, 2019.
- Municipalities may opt in at a later date.
- If a municipality decides to opt in, they cannot chose to opt out at a later date.
Feedback collected from December 5, 2018 to December 24, 2018 will be shared at the January 14, 2018 public open house and during the regular meeting of Council that evening.
It has been indicated that private stores will be introduced with strict controls to safeguard children and youth and combat the illegal market. No regulations have been announced at this time., as the office of the Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General is still developing.