Cannabis Legalization Information Hub

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Welcome to the Cannabis Legalization Information Hub. Here you will find a number of resources to inform you about the legalization of cannabis, from legislation and regulatory frameworks, to public health and law enforcement. If you have any questions about how this new legislation will impact your community, please contact your local municipal office:

City of Stratford - 519-271-0250

Town of St. Marys - 519- 284-2340

Municipality of North Perth - 519-291-2950

Township of Perth East - 519-595-2800

Township of Perth South - 519-271-0619

Municipality of West Perth - 519-348-8429


Welcome to the Cannabis Legalization Information Hub. Here you will find a number of resources to inform you about the legalization of cannabis, from legislation and regulatory frameworks, to public health and law enforcement. If you have any questions about how this new legislation will impact your community, please contact your local municipal office:

City of Stratford - 519-271-0250

Town of St. Marys - 519- 284-2340

Municipality of North Perth - 519-291-2950

Township of Perth East - 519-595-2800

Township of Perth South - 519-271-0619

Municipality of West Perth - 519-348-8429


  • City of Stratford: Cannabis Stores

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    over 1 year ago

    Information about the City of Stratford's deliberations regarding their upcoming decision for the January 22nd opt-out deadline. City Council will consider the matter at their January 14, 2019 regular meeting.

    Information about the City of Stratford's deliberations regarding their upcoming decision for the January 22nd opt-out deadline. City Council will consider the matter at their January 14, 2019 regular meeting.

  • Ontario Takes a Phased Approach to Cannabis Retail Licensing Due to National Supply Shortages

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    over 1 year ago

    This recent statement from the Provincial Government outlines the lottery strategy for rolling out upcoming recreational cannabis retail licenses.

    This recent statement from the Provincial Government outlines the lottery strategy for rolling out upcoming recreational cannabis retail licenses.

  • Federal Cannabis Legislation

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    over 1 year ago

    The Cannabis Act came into force on October 17, 2018. This federal legislation puts in a place a new framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis in Canada. The Government of Canada has a very useful website that outlines everything you need to know about the federal legislation.


    The Cannabis Act came into force on October 17, 2018. This federal legislation puts in a place a new framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis in Canada. The Government of Canada has a very useful website that outlines everything you need to know about the federal legislation.


  • Provincial Cannabis Legislation

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    over 1 year ago

    Each province and territory also has its own legislation for cannabis. Ontario’s laws dictate how, where and who can buy and possess recreational cannabis in the province. For information on the provincial rules, click the image to visit the Government of Ontario’s website.


    Each province and territory also has its own legislation for cannabis. Ontario’s laws dictate how, where and who can buy and possess recreational cannabis in the province. For information on the provincial rules, click the image to visit the Government of Ontario’s website.


  • Provincial Funding for Municipalities

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    over 1 year ago

    The province will provide $40 million over two years to help municipalities with the implementation of recreational cannabis legalization. Each municipality will receive a minimum of $10,000 total. For more information about how this funding is planned to be distributed, please see page 9 of the following PDF file from the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Finance.


    The province will provide $40 million over two years to help municipalities with the implementation of recreational cannabis legalization. Each municipality will receive a minimum of $10,000 total. For more information about how this funding is planned to be distributed, please see page 9 of the following PDF file from the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Finance.


  • Health and Medical and Non-Medical Cannabis

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    over 1 year ago

    Cannabis is a psychoactive drug that comes from the cannabis sativa plant. For more information about cannabis and its effects, the Perth District Health Unit has compiled a lot of good information on their website.

    Cannabis is a psychoactive drug that comes from the cannabis sativa plant. For more information about cannabis and its effects, the Perth District Health Unit has compiled a lot of good information on their website.

  • Cannabis Retail Regulations

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    over 1 year ago

    The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario is the regulator for privately run recreational cannabis stores. It will be their responsibility to administer and enforce the Government of Ontario’s licensing and retail framework to regulate private retail of recreational cannabis.

    The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario is the regulator for privately run recreational cannabis stores. It will be their responsibility to administer and enforce the Government of Ontario’s licensing and retail framework to regulate private retail of recreational cannabis.

  • Policing and Cannabis

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    over 1 year ago

    Despite the recent changes in legislation, there are restrictions to the use of recreational cannabis that have been set by both the Federal and Provincial Governments of Canada. The Ontario Provincial Police have issued a useful Questions and Answers document on the enforcement of cannabis legislation Description

    Despite the recent changes in legislation, there are restrictions to the use of recreational cannabis that have been set by both the Federal and Provincial Governments of Canada. The Ontario Provincial Police have issued a useful Questions and Answers document on the enforcement of cannabis legislation Description

  • Retail Opt-Out Deadline

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    over 1 year ago

    Ontario municipalities have a one-time option to opt-out of having cannabis retail outlets in their communities. The deadline to opt-out is January 22, 2019. Municipalities that choose to opt-out can opt-in at a future date. However, any municipality that opts-in cannot opt-out at a later time.

    To opt-out, municipalities must send written notification to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) by the deadline. If the AGCO does not receive any written notification, then cannabis retail outlets are allowed by default beginning on April 1, 2019.

    Ontario municipalities have a one-time option to opt-out of having cannabis retail outlets in their communities. The deadline to opt-out is January 22, 2019. Municipalities that choose to opt-out can opt-in at a future date. However, any municipality that opts-in cannot opt-out at a later time.

    To opt-out, municipalities must send written notification to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) by the deadline. If the AGCO does not receive any written notification, then cannabis retail outlets are allowed by default beginning on April 1, 2019.