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Ontario Conducts Public Consultation on Cannabis Legalization


On April 13, 2017, the Government of Canada released Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, which, as discussed in a prior post, deferred significant discretion to the provinces with respect to the distribution, sale and retailing of cannabis.

The Ontario provincial government has released a consultation paper on Cannabis legalization in Ontario and the Ministry of the Attorney General is conducting a public consultation with respect to:

a) the minimum age for the use, possession and purchase of cannabis;

b) locations where cannabis use is permitted;

c) impaired driving regulations;

d) the sale and distribution of cannabis; and

e) public education.

You can provide your feedback on the consultation paper by July 31st by completing the online survey, emailing cannabis@ontario.ca or by mail to:

Ontario Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat
Ministry of the Attorney General
720 Bay Street, 11th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2S9

For more information regarding the legalization of cannabis, please contact a member of our firm’s Cannabis Group or Government Relations practice.

This publication is a general summary of the law. It does not replace legal advice tailored to your specific circumstances.