The Cannabis Act is about to make producing, using and selling of cannabis legal in Canada for purposes that are recreational. The Canadian government is going to leave each province to their own devices in terms of regulating distribution.
A projected framework was made public by the Ontario Government as the Cannabis Act is projected to be passed. The government has slated practical and safe federal legislation concerning cannabis to be its primary target. The Ontario wide regulations are meant to make sure that cannabis, while legal, will be treated as a controlled substance and be subject to the respective rules put in place around it. This would include regulations on how cannabis may be used in Ontario and a regulated retail framework. The Ontario government has reiterated that any revenues gained from legalizing cannabis will be used in educating and protecting the provinces youth, as well as clamping down on the cannabis black market. Another aim will be to promote responsible use, ensure the health of the public and keep communities safe. This will be accomplished through monitoring, policing and promotion of “harm reduction strategies.”
The main points of the Proposed Cannabis Regulations Framework in Ontario
The Ontario cannabis regulations are lengthy but some of it’s main topics are listed below:
- There will be a minimum age (19) requirement to consume and purchase cannabis
- There will be a zero-tolerance policy in effect for private cannabis dispensaries
- The Government of Ontario has said it will use the L.C.B.O retail model and apply it to cannabis
- While cannabis will be allowed to be sold by retailers, it may not be sold alongside alcohol of any kind
- Cannabis usage will be restricted to private residences, but there are additional venues currently being planned
- Cannabis may only be consumed via smoking or vaping – edibles will not be legalized until 2019
- The amount of retail locations will begin with 40 storefronts, but increase to 80 by 2019, and then 150 by 2020
- Supply and demand of cannabis regulations have not been mentioned in the regulations framework
- Any recreational use cannabis will only be available for purchase through online dispensaries
- All cannabis products must be kept hidden and not displayed openly by retailers
- All cannabis purchased by suppliers and retailers must be purchased from a Licensed Producer (LP) such as INDIVA
There may be amendments and updates to this regulation framework forthcoming in the near future. It is important to know and understand the laws and regulations of cannabis production, consumption and retail before taking part in any of the above.