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Cannabis Public Engagement - January 7th, 2019

Posted On: Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Town of The Blue Mountains is seeking input from residents and businesses with respect to the consumption of Cannabis and whether Cannabis retail stores should be permitted within the Town of The Blue Mountains. The Province of Ontario has given each Municipality an opportunity to opt- out of or opt-in to allow private recreational Cannabis retail stores within their municipal boundaries. The Town of The Blue Mountains Council must make a decision by the January 22nd, 2019 deadline, or the default position of “opting-in” will be automatically set.

Cannabis Public Engagement - January 7th, 2019

Public Engagement- Have your Say

  • Survey
    • An online survey will be available until January 8th, 2019 at 12pm (noon). All survey responses will be anonymous. To access the survey, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/cannabis.cfm
    • Paper surveys will be available at Town Hall, L.E. Shore Memorial Library and the Beaver Valley Community Centre.
  • Email  cannabis@thebluemountains.ca
    If you would like to submit additional comments outside of the scope of the survey, email: cannabis@thebluemountains.ca 
    Please note: The deadline for email comments is January 8th, 2019 at 12pm (noon).
     
  • Public Information Session & Public Meeting
    Public information sessions and a public meeting have been scheduled for the following dates/times:

 

Meeting

Date & Time

Location

Public Information Session

January 7th, 2019

  • 10:00am to 12:00pm (noon)
  • 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Town Hall Council Chambers- 32 Mill Street, Thornbury

 

Meeting

Date & Time

Location

 Public Meeting

January 7th, 2019

  • 7:00pm

Town Hall Council Chambers- 32 Mill Street, Thornbury

Recreational Cannabis was legalized on October 17th, 2018 by the Federal Government of Canada.

  • In Ontario, currently the only method of legally purchasing recreational Cannabis is online through the Ontario Cannabis Store.
  • Currently, recreational cannabis may be consumed where smoking tobacco is permitted under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. Municipalities have the ability to place further use restrictions above the Provincial standards.
  • In April 2019, the Province of Ontario plans to permit the sale of recreational Cannabis through privately owned retail stores. These stores and their operators will be licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).
  • A recent update to the Provincial legislation indicates that only 25 licenses will be in effect at any one time across the province until otherwise determined by the Province. For the purposes of licence allocation, the province has been divided into 'mega-regions'. The Town of The Blue Mountains is part of the West Region, which has been allocated seven (7) retail store authorizations for the entire region. Until such time as more than 25 store authorizations are permitted, Cannabis Retail Stores are not permitted in municipalities with a population of less than 50,000.

The Province of Ontario has given each Municipality an opportunity to opt-out of or opt-in to allow private recreational Cannabis retail stores within their municipal boundaries. The Town of Blue Mountains Council must make a decision by the January 22nd, 2019 deadline, or the default position of “opting-in” will be automatically set. 

  • If Council decides to ‘Opt-Out’, then Cannabis retail stores will not be permitted in the Town of The Blue Mountains. In addition, the Town will not be eligible for additional provincial funding related to the legislation. However, municipalities that opt-out on or before the January 22nd, 2019 deadline, can choose to opt-in at a later date but they will not be eligible for the Provincial funding offered to municipalities that opted-in before the deadline. A decision to opt back in after the deadline has passed is final. 
  • If Council decides to ‘Opt-In’, then Cannabis retail stores would be permitted to operate within the Town boundaries, subject to licensing by the AGCO. If Council decides to ‘Opt-In’ the decision cannot be reversed to prohibit retail Cannabis outlets later on.
     

Councillor Andrea Matrosovs amatrosovs@thebluemountains.ca 519-599-3131 ext. 406

  Tim Hendry, Communications & Economic Development communications@thebluemountains.ca 519-599-3131 ext. 282

 

If you would like to read additional information related to recreational Cannabis, please visit the following websites:

https://www.agco.ca/cannabis-retail-regulation-facts
https://www.ontario.ca/page/cannabis-legalization
https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/Your-Health/Alcohol-and-Other-Drugs/Cannabis
https://www.amo.on.ca/AMO-Content/Policy-Updates/2018/CannabisRetailRegulationsReleased

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