Cannabis in Huron-Kinloss

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On October 17th, 2018, the use of Cannabis became legal in Canada. There has been a growing number of questions regarding the purchase of and the legal use of cannabis in Huron-Kinloss, and what better way to stay informed than right here!

The Newsfeed below will keep you up to date on cannabis related news as it becomes available to the Township. Follow the project to receive email updates when a news item as been added, by "clicking" subscribe on the right hand menu.

Ask your burning questions in the Q&A tool below, staff will do our best to answer questions promptly and to the best of our ability.

How has Have Your Say HK impacted Council decisions to date?

We asked if the community supported cannabis retail establishments in Huron-Kinloss and the overwhelming majority responded yes. The poll results were taken to Council on January 14th 2019 and Council decided to "Opt In" for cannabis retail establishments in Huron-Kinloss.

Now, we are asking for your feedback again, this time regarding the cannabis regulations in Huron-Kinloss. Take a read through our news articles and then answer the survey about cannabis regulations in Huron-Kinloss.

On October 17th, 2018, the use of Cannabis became legal in Canada. There has been a growing number of questions regarding the purchase of and the legal use of cannabis in Huron-Kinloss, and what better way to stay informed than right here!

The Newsfeed below will keep you up to date on cannabis related news as it becomes available to the Township. Follow the project to receive email updates when a news item as been added, by "clicking" subscribe on the right hand menu.

Ask your burning questions in the Q&A tool below, staff will do our best to answer questions promptly and to the best of our ability.

How has Have Your Say HK impacted Council decisions to date?

We asked if the community supported cannabis retail establishments in Huron-Kinloss and the overwhelming majority responded yes. The poll results were taken to Council on January 14th 2019 and Council decided to "Opt In" for cannabis retail establishments in Huron-Kinloss.

Now, we are asking for your feedback again, this time regarding the cannabis regulations in Huron-Kinloss. Take a read through our news articles and then answer the survey about cannabis regulations in Huron-Kinloss.

  • Cannabis Regulations in Huron-Kinloss

    8 months ago
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    Municipalities have been given the ability to further regulate cannabis use. The Township of Huron-Kinloss is asking for the communities assistance to provide Council with feedback about where YOU think smoking and vaping should be permitted in Huron-Kinloss. If the regulations are more strict in Huron-Kinloss, our By-Law Enforcement Officer will also be permitted to enforce the cannabis by-laws.

    Council is considering the following options:

    1) Smoking and Vaping cannabis is permitted in the same areas as cigarettes

    2) Smoking and Vaping cannabis is only permitted where alcohol can be consumed (only applicable outdoors as smoking or vaping cannabis or...

    Municipalities have been given the ability to further regulate cannabis use. The Township of Huron-Kinloss is asking for the communities assistance to provide Council with feedback about where YOU think smoking and vaping should be permitted in Huron-Kinloss. If the regulations are more strict in Huron-Kinloss, our By-Law Enforcement Officer will also be permitted to enforce the cannabis by-laws.

    Council is considering the following options:

    1) Smoking and Vaping cannabis is permitted in the same areas as cigarettes

    2) Smoking and Vaping cannabis is only permitted where alcohol can be consumed (only applicable outdoors as smoking or vaping cannabis or cigarettes is not permitted inside public facilities)

    3) Other

    The Township of Huron-Kinloss hopes a consistent regulation will be implemented in all of Bruce County to make it easier for education and enforcement of the cannabis regulations.

    Please take a moment to provide your feedback by filling out a short survey in the Survey tab.


  • Ontario Cannabis Regulations - Where you can and can't smoke/vape

    8 months ago

    Who enforces the cannabis regulations?

    The Ontario cannabis regulations are enforced by public health departments throughout the province. In Grey and Bruce, there are two enforcement officers that monitor the counties using a complaint based system. Therefore, if a complaint is received about smoking or vaping in a prohibited area, they will investigate it. The enforcement officers also attend large events, sporting events and patrol the counties throughout the year.

    Where can you smoke and vape cannabis?

    At the current time, Ontario residents are permitted to smoke and vape cannabis anywhere that smoking cigarettes is permitted. The Smoke Free Ontario...

    Who enforces the cannabis regulations?

    The Ontario cannabis regulations are enforced by public health departments throughout the province. In Grey and Bruce, there are two enforcement officers that monitor the counties using a complaint based system. Therefore, if a complaint is received about smoking or vaping in a prohibited area, they will investigate it. The enforcement officers also attend large events, sporting events and patrol the counties throughout the year.

    Where can you smoke and vape cannabis?

    At the current time, Ontario residents are permitted to smoke and vape cannabis anywhere that smoking cigarettes is permitted. The Smoke Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA, 2017) regulates where you can and cannot smoke and vape tobacco and cannabis products. The regulations state:

    1) You cannot smoke or vape tobacco or cannabis products within 20 metres of a community recreational facility. This includes a facility that is owned and operated by a charity, non-profit or government organization. A community recreation facility is an enclosed facility that offers athletic or recreation programs for the local community; for example, arenas, community centres, gyms. Note: The 20m measurement begins at the property line of the community recreation facility not the doors of the facility.

    2) You cannot smoke or vape tobacco or cannabis products with 20 metres of a sporting or spectator area. This includes; baseball diamonds, soccer fields. Note: The 20 metre measurement begins at the property line of the sporting or spectator area - not a bench or field marking.

    3) You cannot smoke or vape tobacco or cannabis products with 20 metres of a children's playground area. A playground is defined as somewhere that has equipment such as; slides, swings, climbing apparatuses, splash pads, pools, wading pools, sand boxes, etc. Note: The 20 metre measurement begins at the property line of the playground not a piece of playground equipment.

    What happens if you get caught smoking or vaping tobacco or cannabis products in a prohibited area?

    Individuals who violate the regulations and smoke or vape tobacco or cannabis products in a community recreation facility (or within 20m of one); a sporting or spectating area (or within 20m of one); or a children's playground (or within 20m of one), will receive a maximum $1,000 fine for their first offence or a $5,000 maximum fine for a further offence.

    Questions?

    For more information about the Smoke Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA, 2017) call 1-866-532-3161 or visit the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website ontario.ca/smokefree.

    You can also visit the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit website


  • The Township of Huron-Kinloss Opts In

    9 months ago

    On January 14th, the Council for the Township of Huron-Kinloss decided to “opt-in” and allow for licenced retail cannabis stores within the municipality. These stores will only be permitted in areas where zoning allows retail establishment and at least 150 meters away from sensitive uses such as school. Licencing will be administered by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario who will move quickly to define the process for private retailers.

    On December 13, 2018, the Government of Ontario announced that a temporary cap of 25 Retail Store Authorizations will be imposed while cannabis supply stabilizes. Since...

    On January 14th, the Council for the Township of Huron-Kinloss decided to “opt-in” and allow for licenced retail cannabis stores within the municipality. These stores will only be permitted in areas where zoning allows retail establishment and at least 150 meters away from sensitive uses such as school. Licencing will be administered by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario who will move quickly to define the process for private retailers.

    On December 13, 2018, the Government of Ontario announced that a temporary cap of 25 Retail Store Authorizations will be imposed while cannabis supply stabilizes. Since we do not have a population over 50,000, the Township will not be hosting one of the first operation but as supply increases, we may see an application in the future.

    The Township will soon begin a second consultation process to obtain feedback on where the smoking of cannabis should be permitted. The current restrictions are governed by the “Places to Smoke Act” and enforced by the Grey Bruce Health Unit.


  • Poll is Closing Soon

    10 months ago

    The Cannabis Poll is closing on January 2nd 2019. Staff will be making a recommendation to Council about whether or not we will be opting-in or option-out of private cannabis retail establishments.

    Please take a moment to fill out the poll before it closes.

    The Cannabis Poll is closing on January 2nd 2019. Staff will be making a recommendation to Council about whether or not we will be opting-in or option-out of private cannabis retail establishments.

    Please take a moment to fill out the poll before it closes.

  • Private Retail Establishments in Huron-Kinloss

    11 months ago

    The government is moving forward with a tightly regulated private retail model for cannabis that will launch by April 1, 2019. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario is the Provincial regulator authorized to grant store licenses. The Ontario Cannabis Store will be the exclusive wholesaler to these stores.

    Municipalities

    Local Municipalities will be provided with the opportunity to prohibit cannabis retail stores in their communities by January 22, 2019. To do so a municipality would need to send a copy of the municipal resolution to opt-out to the AGCO. Municipalities that prohibit cannabis retail stores could allow them in...

    The government is moving forward with a tightly regulated private retail model for cannabis that will launch by April 1, 2019. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario is the Provincial regulator authorized to grant store licenses. The Ontario Cannabis Store will be the exclusive wholesaler to these stores.

    Municipalities

    Local Municipalities will be provided with the opportunity to prohibit cannabis retail stores in their communities by January 22, 2019. To do so a municipality would need to send a copy of the municipal resolution to opt-out to the AGCO. Municipalities that prohibit cannabis retail stores could allow them in the future, but if a municipality does not prohibit them by January 22nd, it cannot prohibit them at a later date.

    Municipalities will not be able to designate cannabis retail as a separate land use from retail generally or create a cannabis retail licensing regime within their jurisdiction.

    When a licensed operator submits a request for a store location to be authorized (in a municipality that has not prohibited cannabis retail), the Cannabis Licence Act would require the AGCO to issue a public notice process. A public notice would be posted on the AGCO website and a placard displayed at the proposed retail store location for a 15-day period to indicate that a licensee has applied for an authorization at that location. Local residents and municipalities would be provided with 15 days notice to provide written submissions to the AGCO with respect to objecting to the application.

    Starting a Private Retailer

    Private retailers would be licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) with the intent of enabling the AGCO to begin to accept applications in December 2018 and private retailing of cannabis by April 1, 2019. The AGCO currently licenses, regulates and ensures compliance in the alcohol, gaming and horse racing industries in Ontario, and as such offers considerable experience and expertise as a regulator of controlled substances. The AGCO, as the independent provincial regulator, would oversee the private channel and ensure the province's objectives related to cannabis retailing, protecting your and combating the illegal market are met.

    License Eligibility

    The Cannabis License Act, 2018 would establish due diligence requirements and specific eligibility criteria for the issuance of licenses and store authorizations, including financial responsibility and conduct based on the principles of integrity and public interest.

    The licensing framework would:

    • Not cap the total number of licenses or authorizations
    • Enable ownership concentration limits for private retailers to be established by regulation in advance of December 2018 following appropriate consultation
    • Permit licensed producers to operate a single store at a single production facility in Ontario, per company, including all affiliates
    • Require authorized retailers to display the cannabis retailer seal and create new offences for false representations as an authorized cannabis retailer
    Store Operating Parameters & Distance buffers
    Additional store operating parameters (e.g. store format, security requirements, staff training requirements) would be established by regulation or by AGCO Registrar's standards and requirements subject to additional consultation and before the AGCO' begins accepting applications in December 2018. A distance buffer between private cannabis retail stores and schools would be set through regulation in advance of December 2018 following further consultation with municipalities and key stakeholders.
  • Legalization of Recreational Cannabis

    11 months ago

    On October 17th 2018, the Federal Government legalized Recreational Cannabis use in Canada. Each province was given the opportunity to create their own regulations to keep cannabis out of the hands or children and youth, keep the roads safe and combat the illegal drug market.

    So what do you need to know about Cannabis use in Ontario?

    1) You must be 19 years and older to buy, use, possess and grow recreational cannabis.

    2) You can smoke and/or vape cannabis in the following places:

    • A private residence - this does not include residences that are also workplaces (e.g. long term...

    On October 17th 2018, the Federal Government legalized Recreational Cannabis use in Canada. Each province was given the opportunity to create their own regulations to keep cannabis out of the hands or children and youth, keep the roads safe and combat the illegal drug market.

    So what do you need to know about Cannabis use in Ontario?

    1) You must be 19 years and older to buy, use, possess and grow recreational cannabis.

    2) You can smoke and/or vape cannabis in the following places:

    • A private residence - this does not include residences that are also workplaces (e.g. long term care and/or retirement homes)
    • Many outdoor public places (e.g. sidewalks, parks)
    • Designated guest rooms in hotels, motels and inns
    • Residential vehicles and boats that meet certain criteria (e.g. have permanent sleeping accommodations and cooking facilities, and are parked or anchored
    • Scientific research and testing facilities (if the cannabis use is for scientific research and testing purposes)
    • controlled areas in: long term care homes, certain retirement homes, residential hospices, provincially-funded supportive housing, and designated psychiatric facilities or veterans' facilities
    3) You cannot smoke and/or vape cannabis in the following places:
    • indoor common areas in condos, apartment buildings and university/college residences
    • enclosed public places and enclosed work places
    • non-designated guest rooms in hotels, motels and inns
    • Schools and places that children gather: at schools, on school grounds, and all public areas within 20m of these grounds; on children's playgrounds and public areas within 20m of playgrounds; in childcare centres, or where an early years program is provided; in places where home child care is provided - even if children aren't present.
    • Hospitals, hospices, care homes and other facilities; within 9m from the entrance or exit of hospitals (private/public), psychiatric facilities, long-term care homes, independent health facilities; an outdoor grounds of hospitals (public/private) and psychiatric facilities; in non-controlled areas in long-term care homes, certain retirement homes, provincially funded supportive housing, designated psychiatric or veterans' facilities and residential hospices.
    • Publicly owned spaces; you cannot smoke or vape cannabis in publicly-owned sports fields (not including golf courses), nearby spectator areas and public areas within 20m of these areas.
    • Vehicles and boats: you cannot consume cannabis (smoking, vaping, eating) in a vehicle or boat that is being driven or is at risk of being in motion.
    • Other outdoor areas: you cannot smoke or vape cannabis in restaurants and on bar patios and public areas within 9m of a patio; on outdoor grounds of specified Ontario government office buildings; in reserved seating areas at outdoor sports and entertainment locations; on grounds of community recreational facilities, and public areas within 20m of those grounds; in sheltered outdoor areas with a roof and more than two walls which the public or employees frequent, or are invited to (e.g. bus shelter)
    4) You can buy recreational cannabis online through the Ontario Cannabis Store.
    5) You are permitted to purchase 30 grams of recreational cannabis at one time for personal use.
    6) You are able to have a maximum of 30 grams of dried cannabis in public at any time.
    4) You are able to grow up to four plants per residence (not per person)