OSHAWA – The City of Oshawa is providing an update to community members regarding the October 17, 2018 federal legalization of cannabis.
In April 2017, the federal government introduced Bill C-45 to legalize recreational cannabis. Additionally, in September 2018, the provincial government introduced Bill 36 that included several changes to the use and sale of cannabis in Ontario.
As of October 17, 2018, cannabis may be consumed on private property – this includes cannabis in any form (smoking, vaping or edibles), subject to the provisions of any lease agreements or condominium by-laws. With the passing of Bill 36 initiating amendments to the Smoke Free Ontario Act, 2017, the smoking and vaping of cannabis is prohibited everywhere the smoking of tobacco is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to:
- indoor common areas in condos, apartment buildings and university/college residences;
- at schools, on school grounds and all public areas with 20 metres of these grounds;
- on grounds of community recreational facilities and public areas within 20 metres of those grounds; and,
- on children’s playgrounds and public areas within 20 metres of playgrounds.
The City will continue to work with the Region of Durham in the consideration and consultation of a Regional Smoke-Free By-law.
The provincial government has announced its intention to move forward with a regulated retail model for private retailers to sell cannabis as of April 1, 2019. Municipalities have been offered the option to opt-out of permitting physical cannabis retail stores within their municipal boundaries by January 22, 2019.
In November, the City will invite the public and stakeholders to share feedback regarding permitting physical cannabis retail stores in Oshawa.
In early January 2019, City staff will deliver to the newly elected City Council a report – which will include information on cannabis related impacts to permitting cannabis stores in Oshawa and community feedback – for Council’s consideration, prior to the opt-out date.