Please complete the survey to provide your input on licensed retail cannabis stores. The Retail Cannabis survey will be open until 5 pm on January 9, 2019.
Currently, in Ontario, the only place to legally purchase cannabis is online from the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS). The provincial government is also moving forward with a regulated private, bricks and mortar, retail model for cannabis that will launch by April 1, 2019.
These stores will be licenced through the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), not by the municipality.
The provincial government gave Ontario municipalities a one-time opportunity to opt out of having provincially licensed retail cannabis stores in their communities. The deadline for City Council to make this decision is January 22, 2019.
The Ontario Government released regulations that will guide the regulation of licensed private cannabis stores, including:
- Retail cannabis stores will be allowed to open from 9 am to 11 pm each day of the week;
- Retail cannabis stores must be located at least 150m from schools;
- No maximum on the number of stores permitted within a municipality. 75 stores per operator will be the amount allowable to promote small business opportunities;
- Retail employees will be subject to training requirements for responsible sales; and,
- Licences will not be issued to a corporation if more than 9.9% is owned or controlled by one or more licensed producers or affiliates, whether direct or indirect ownership.
Municipalities that opt in to allow retail stores will not have the option to opt out at a later date. Municipalities that do not notify the provincial government of their decision to opt in or opt out by the January 22, 2019 deadline will be considered an opt-in municipality.
Municipalities that choose to opt out may opt in to allow retail cannabis stores at a later date, however they will not be eligible to receive a portion of implementation funds, even if they opt in at a later date.
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