Cannabis is now legal in Canada - What does that mean?

On October 17, 2018, recreational cannabis became legal in Canada. From municipalities through to the Federal Government this will have impact on all levels of government. Each level of government has distinct responsibilities in ensuring that the legalization of recreational cannabis is implemented with consideration to community safety, health and economic opportunity. 

The provincial government will introduce legislation to allow the private sector to retail recreational cannabis in Ontario by April 1, 2019. In the meantime and as of October 17, 2018 consumers ages 19 years or older will be able to purchase recreational cannabis through an online retail platform operated by the Ontario Cannabis Store. View Ontario's Cannabis Retail Regulation Landscape.

Saugeen Shores has 'opted in' to cannabis sales

Municipal governments had the option to opt out of cannabis sales in their communities by January 22, 2019. Saugeen Shores provided residents with an opportunity to voice their opinions on retail cannabis stores through a survey which more than 1600 people participated in. The result indicated that 81% of respondents were in favour of allowing cannabis retail stores in Saugeen Shores. Saugeen Shores Council then officially chose not to opt out of cannabis sales in our community.

All municipal governments will receive at least $10,000 to support transition to legal cannabis and the province will announce the full funding allocation in the future.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit has provided the following presentation: Cannabis Retail Outlet Considerations for Grey Bruce Municipalities