January 22, 2019 - Brighton and Alnwick/Haldimand Vote To Allow Cannabis Retail Outlets

At a Council meeting held on January 17, 2019 Alnwick/Haldimand voted unanimously to approve retail cannabis stores in the Township.  The Municipality of Brighton did likewise on January 21, 2019 but there was more voiced opposition.  Read John Campbell's article about the Brighton decision here John Campbell - Brighton Cannabis Retail Story

January 8, 2019 - Cramahe Council Votes to Allow Cannabis Retail Outlets in the Township

Cramahe Council has voted to allow private recreational cannabis retail stores in the municipality.  Council made its decision after receiving a report from compliance co-ordinator Holly Grant recommending the municipality opt in.  Further details are available in this article by John Campbell Cramahe Accepts Cannabis Retail Outlets

Background

Recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018 by the Federal Government. In Ontario, the Provincial Government has put rules in place to keep cannabis out of the hands of children and youth, keep roads safe and combat the illegal market. As a result Ontario now has laws in place about how, where and who can buy and possess cannabis in the province. The government is also moving forward with a regulated private retail model for cannabis that would launch by April 1, 2019.

Backgrounder on the Legalization of Cannabis

Currently Municipalities are facing the question of whether to "Op-In" or Opt-Out with respect to allowing retail cannabis outlets in their jurisdictions. Details about the regulatory body for retail outlets and the decisions facing Municipalities can be found here

Options for Private Retails Outlets

The following is a summary sheet provided by Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) on regulatory framework for setting up a Retail Cannabis Outlet

Cannabis Retail Framework

A number of documents have been published to help residents understand the issue of cannabis and help them communicate key aspects to their children.  This document was produced by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and describes what Parents and Guardians should know about the topic.

CAMH Information on Cannabis

This information was provided by Health Canada and and is designed to help parents talk to teenagers about cannabis.  It includes a section on the slang words for cannabis.

Health Canada Information for Talking With Teenagers