Article by Stephen Vance, The Meaford Independent
With recreational use and possession of cannabis now legal in Canada, municipal staff provided council with an update on the legislation and the road ahead during council’s November 5 meeting.
Acting CAO Rob Armstrong provided a report to council for information purposes.
“The Cannabis Act, as Bill C-45 is better known, permits an individual to buy limited amounts of cannabis in a variety of forms, possess up to 30 grams of cannabis in public, grow up to four plants for personal consumption, share cannabis with other adults, and make legal cannabis-containing products at home. The legislation took effect on October 17, 2018,” noted Armstrong in his report. “Provincial governments have the responsibility for deciding how and where cannabis can be distributed and sold, where it can be used, and setting minimum ages and possession limits. Earlier in 2018, the previous Ontario government passed a bill that limited cannabis sales to a government-owned retailer similar to the LCBO, to be known as the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS). The age limit for the consumption and possession of cannabis was set at 19 years of age, and consumption was to be limited to homes and other private places. Following the provincial election, new legislation was passed in the form of Bill 36, which received Royal Assent on October 17, 2018. That bill is now in force in the Province of Ontario.”
In his report, Armstrong made note of the changes that result from the implementation of the legislation:
- Smoking and vaping cannabis is permitted in many public places, including sidewalks, parks and designated rooms in hotels.
- Smoking and vaping is permitted in RVs and boats where the vehicle is securely parked or anchored and has sleeping accommodations and cooking facilities.
- Use of cannabis is prohibited in common areas of shared accommodation, and in enclosed public and work places.
- Smoking and vaping is not permitted at schools, playgrounds, sports facilities, long-term care homes, and a number of other areas where vulnerable populations reside or attend.
- Cannabis consumption is not permitted at bars and restaurants, including patio areas.