Ontario and the Legalization of Marijuana

25 October 2017

The legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada poses many questions and potential challenges for municipal governments in Ontario. Some questions, such as where cannabis will be sold and who will regulate its sale, were recently answered by the Ontario Government. On September 8th, 2017, it was announced that cannabis will only be sold in 150 provincially licenced outlets. Forty dedicated retail locations will open in July 2018, in addition to a provincially run e-commerce website. Cannabis will not be sold alongside alcohol and smoking marijuana in public spaces such as parks, workplaces or in vehicles will remain illegal.1 Ontario is the first province in Canada to publicly announce a comprehensive plan to regulate federally legalized cannabis.

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For further information please contact Robin McCleave, Vice President, Risk Management Services, Public Sector Division at rmccleave@jltcanada.com.