The Ontario Government released its regulations (on Wednesday) that will guide the private recreational cannabis retail system in the province – beginning April 1, 2019.
The government said the regulations were established, as a result of extensive consultations with “municipalities, Indigenous communities, law enforcement, public health advocates, businesses and consumer groups.”
It is anticipated that the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will begin accepting applications for private marijuana retail stores on December 17, 2018.
The regulations stipulate a minimum distance of 150 metres between marijuana retail stores and schools, including private and federally-funded First Nation schools off-reserve.
The Ontario Government also established the following regulations (as per their news release):
- Retailers will not be permitted to allow anyone under the age of 19 to enter their stores. This approach and other regulations were developed to address the risk of youth exposure to the cannabis retail market.
- Specific instances in which applicants will be denied a licence, including cannabis-related criminal offences. Notably, illegal cannabis retailers who were operating after October 17, 2018 are not eligible for Ontario cannabis sales licenses.
- A prohibition on the issuance of a licence to any individual or organization who has an association with organized crime.
- Requirement that individuals or entities applying for an operator licence demonstrate their tax compliance status to show that they are in good standing with the government.
- A requirement for all private recreational cannabis retail storefronts to be stand-alone stores only.
- Individuals with a store authorization, cannabis retail managers and all retail employees will be required to complete the approved training to ensure that any individual who works in the cannabis retail market is trained in the responsible sale of cannabis.
“The purpose of these regulations is to keep kids safe and to ensure all people operating in this tightly-regulated retail system behave with integrity, honesty, and in the public interest,” said Attorney General Caroline Mulroney. “The application process for private cannabis retail store licences will begin on December 17, 2018, and we will be ready with laws and regulations to protect Ontario’s youth and to combat the criminal market in response to the federal government’s legalization of cannabis.”
The new recreational marijuana regulations can be found at the following link: Ontario.ca/e-Laws
To find out more about the licensing process for private recreational marijuana stores, please visit the AGCO website.
By Marijuana.Ca Staff