This page has been developed to provide information on the issue of recreational and medical cannabis use, retail cannabis stores and its relevance to the Town of Halton Hills. Residents interested in learning more about the legalization of cannabis are encouraged to review additional sources.
Cannabis Legislation Impact to Halton Hills
The issue of legalized growing and use of cannabis is new for all municipalities. The Town of Halton Hills has formed a working group to ensure our community is prepared.
NEW: On January 21, 2019, Town Council voted to allow retail cannabis storefronts in Halton Hills.
Results of the public consultation (including online and in-person engagement) regarding retail cannabis storefronts can be found here.
Input from the consultation regarding cannabis growing, processing and zoning will be used to inform an upcoming report from the Planning Department.
Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, provides for legal access to cannabis and addresses the control and regulation of cannabis production, distribution and sales.
The Cannabis Act and supporting regulations received Royal Assent in June. The Cannabis Act and the regulations came into force on October 17, 2018. In Ontario, the Act provides for the legalized use of cannabis with specific provisions including:
A maximum of four plants per residence (not person) may be grown.
Retail stores and opting out:
All municipalities in Ontario will be given the option to opt out of allowing retail stores to be established within their boundaries. The deadline for this is January 22, 2019 and it will be a Council decision involving some level of public engagement.
Retail Store Regulation:
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has been named as the province’s official registrar to oversee the licencing and regulation of retail stores. Additional information is available on the AGCO website.
Cultivation and Processing
Town staff brought forward two reports regarding a ‘made in Halton Hills’ strategy, addressing the cultivation (i.e. growing) and processing of cannabis at a commercial level, during the September 10 meeting of Town Council. These reports outlined the results of the background research along with recommended next steps for Council’s consideration.