Article by Alex Conde, Lift News
Ontario’s cannabis legislation (Bill 174) passed in December, and we know that recreational cannabis sales are planned to happen via a new Crown corporation, the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation (OCRC). But there are a host of additional regulations that have been proposed to flesh out the details of the legislation and the federal Cannabis Act. February 7 is the last date to submit your feedback to the Ministry of the Attorney General about the proposals that relate to retail sale and distribution of cannabis.
What does this mean? Consider tobacco. Its consumption is legal, but its sale, display and consumption are regulated. These proposals will impact both cannabis users and the industry. They include:
- Creating exemptions for legitimate participants in the cannabis supply chain, such as growers and companies involved in transportation.
- Establishing standards for cannabis retailers that are consistent with existing alcohol retailers (such as store hours, age verification requirements, etc.)
- Updating the rules regarding the sale, supply, and promotion of tobacco and e-cigarettes to include cannabis as well.
In addition to the policy regarding retail sale and distribution of cannabis, another feedback deadline looms. A set of regulations regarding permitted places of cannabis use has been proposed, and you can provide feedback on them until March 5. They include:
- Allowing consumption of cannabis in hotel rooms where the consumption of tobacco is already permitted;