On October 17th, the federal government lifted criminal prohibitions on cannabis subject to certain limits. Under federal legislation, provinces are responsible for establishing wholesale and retail distribution systems. The first legal cannabis retail storefronts will open on April 1, 2019, and will be licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).
Although the licensing process is yet to be developed, the province’s rules do exempt cannabis retail stores from municipal licensing and planning rules. The only control municipalities will have over the siting of cannabis retail stores is to decide if they want them within their borders or not. Municipalities have until January 22, 2019 to inform the AGCO of their decision.
Town Council will be considering this decision in the very near future. Important in their decision making is the knowledge that the Town’s access to the cannabis excise tax will be reduced if the Town opts out. Other municipal organizations have taken the position that private cannabis retail is a legal activity similar to alcohol and tobacco and represents an economic development opportunity that should contribute investment and jobs to local economies.
Tell us what you think, should the Town of St. Marys be open to cannabis retail stores?
Yes or No
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Or fax at 519-284-0042
Results of the survey will be forwarded to the Town.