As of October 17th, 2018 adults (19+) in Ontario may purchase Cannabis from the online Ontario Cannabis Store and may publically possess up to 30g of Cannabis. The rules that apply to where cigarettes can be smoked (Smoke Free Ontario Act) apply similarly to Cannabis.  

In Spring of 2019, the Province of Ontario plans to permit privately owned retail Cannabis outlets, in addition to the online Ontario Cannabis Store. These stores will be supplied by the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation only. These stores and their operators will be licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), following a mandatory local notification period and will be subject to strict rules around storage, signage, and promotions. You can review the draft regulations from the Province of Ontario, released on November 14, 2018.

The Province has given each Municipality a one-time opportunity to decide whether or not they want to host retail Cannabis outlets within their borders. If Council decides to ‘Opt Out’, then retail Cannabis outlets will not be permitted in the Municipality of Meaford. If Council decides to ‘Opt In’, retail Cannabis outlets would be allowed, subject to licensing by the AGCO. The decision to ‘Opt In’ cannot be reversed to prohibit retail Cannabis outlets later on. The Province requires that this decision be made by January 22nd, 2019.  

The results of this survey will not be evaluated for how many answers are given for/against – instead we are looking to understand the reasons behind your preference.

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* 1. Should cannabis retail stores be allowed in the Municipality of Meaford?

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* 2. Why do you feel Cannabis retail stores should/should not be permitted in the Municipality of Meaford.

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