We Want to Hear From You:
Should Cannabis Stores be allowed in Oro-Medonte?
The Federal Government enacted the Cannabis Act that came into effect October 17, 2018 and legalizes in Canada the ability to possess or use cannabis subject to certain limits.
Provinces are responsible for establishing the wholesale and retail distribution systems. In Ontario, currently the only way to legally purchase recreational cannabis is online through the Ontario Cannabis Store.
However, municipalities across Ontario have the option to allow retail cannabis stores beginning in April 2019. Municipal Governments have a one time opportunity to opt out of the retail sale of cannabis in their communities. A local Municipality is able, by resolution, to opt back into allowing cannabis retail stores in their communities at a later date to be determined by the Province. Once a Municipality has opted in to allow cannabis retail stores, they are not able to opt out at any point. The Township needs to advise the Province whether or not it will allow private cannabis retail stores in Oro-Medonte.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO) will license and regulate private cannabis retail and will be responsible for the siting of any cannabis retail stores in the Township, should the Township decide to Opt-In and allow cannabis retail stores.
The Township has until January 22 to make their decision to either opt-in or opt-out of allowing cannabis retail stores in Oro-Medonte and advise the Province.
An online survey is now available until December 31, 2018 seeking input from the community as a way to assist Council in their decision making on whether or not cannabis retail establishments should be allowed in Oro-Medonte.
A staff report including the community survey results will be brought to Council on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 where Council is expected to make its decision.