Article by Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
Ontario is seeking feedback on regulatory proposals to ensure a safe and sensible transition to the federal government’s plan to legalize recreational cannabis by July 2018.
In December 2017, the province passed comprehensive legislation outlining plans to comply with federal legislation regarding the lawful use, sale and distribution of recreational cannabis in the province.
Proposals posted today for public comment expand on various aspects of the legislation and are informed by the province’s experience managing tobacco and alcohol, advice from public safety and health partners, and lessons learned from jurisdictions that have recently legalized cannabis.
Proposed regulations include:
- Clarifying the rules on where recreational and medical cannabis can be used
- Creating limited exemptions to allow the consumption of cannabis in hotel rooms already designated for smoking tobacco, vehicles and boats that are used as primary residences and in private residences that are also workplaces – it will remain illegal for anyone to consume cannabis while operating any vehicle or boat
- Creating exemptions to let legitimate supply chain actors (such as licenced producers and transportation companies) carry out activities to support the legal cannabis retail and distribution system
- Establishing standards for the new provincial cannabis retailer, including store hours and age verification documentation consistent with existing policies for the sale of alcohol
- Permitting the use of any federally-approved oral fluid screening devices to be used by police services for roadside sobriety checks
- Updating road safety regulations to ensure new policies, sanctions and penalties are reflected and roads remain safe
- Updating the rules concerning the sale, supply, use, display, and promotion of tobacco and vapour products (e.g., e-cigarettes), and the smoking and vaping of medical cannabis
- Extending prohibitions of smoking of tobacco, the use of e-cigarettes and the smoking and vaping of medical cannabis to include public areas within 20 metres from the perimeter of the grounds of a school or children’s recreation centre and nine metres from a restaurant or bar patio.
Feedback on these proposals will help the province ensure an approach that protects youth and young adults, keeps communities and roads safe, and eliminates the illegal market.
- Regulatory proposals regarding retail and distribution will be posted to Ontario’s Regulatory Registry for comment until February 7.
- All other proposals will be posted until March 5.