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Cannabis Legalization

Medical Cannabis Production Facilities in EG 

In October 2018, cannabis was legalized for recreational use across Canada.
 
Federal law permits individuals to grow up to four plants for personal recreational use. However, with appropriate Federal registrations, individuals may, either personally or through a registered designate, grow more than four plants for their own medical use subject to limits set by their health care provider and Federal law. Since legalization, the Town has closely monitored medical cannabis production facilities in EG.
 
In 2019 the Town became aware of two instances where significant medical cannabis production facilities were established without required municipal approvals such as Zoning Permissions, Building Permits, and Emergency Service inspections. The Town has commenced enforcement and legal action on these matters.
 
Recently, the Town has identified additional medical cannabis production facilities that have just been, or are in the process of being, established. In response, on May 20, 2020, Council directed staff to prepare an Interim Control By-law that would freeze the development of such facilities in order to provide the Town with an opportunity to determine how these facilities can be appropriately regulated.
 
Staff are working to prepare a report and draft an Interim Control by-law for Council’s consideration and are also working collaboratively with York Regional Police and neighbouring municipalities on enforcement matters. 

Reporting Facilities

Council is requesting that if anyone is aware of a facility that appears to be proceeding without the necessary permissions and approvals posted to please contact the Town’s By-law department

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York Region, on behalf of the regional municipalities has gathered the answers to these and other frequently asked questions for your review. For further information please visit York Region's website. links to external site

2019 Council Position

At the January 8, 2019 Council meeting, Council passed the following resolution:

WHEREAS the full details of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s approval and enforcement framework for cannabis retailers have not yet been released; and

WHEREAS the Council of the Town of East Gwillimbury resolved at its January 16, 2018 meeting that it was “not a willing host for the first wave of implementation for marijuana dispensaries”; and

WHEREAS Council reiterate its position from January 2018, and request that the Town of East Gwillimbury not be included as part of the first wave of implementation of 25 retail locations licensed by the AGCO; and

WHEREAS the Council of the Town of East Gwillimbury remains committed to protecting the safety of its community and residents by keeping cannabis out of the hands of youth and profits out of the pockets of criminals; and

WHEREAS a 15 day comment period for proposed retail locations to be licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is insufficient given the timing of the Municipal Council meeting cycle; and

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Joint Legal & Council Support Services and Emergency & Community Safety Services Report LCSS2018-0links to external site, dated December 18, 2018, entitled Private Cannabis Retail Stores, be received; and

THAT Cannabis Retail Stores be prohibited from being located in the Town of East Gwillimbury; and

THAT staff be directed to prepare and present a municipal policy statement on Cannabis to address proposed locations when timelines do not permit a Council position. This policy statement will take into account not only the location of schools as noted by the provincial regulation, but other locations of vulnerability including but not limited to daycares, municipal libraries, parks, trailheads, community centres, arenas and facilities that serve persons with mental health or addiction issues; and

THAT staff be directed to prepare and present a Council workshop with internal and external experts to further educate members of Council on the matter; and

THAT staff be directed to review the Town’s smoking by-law to ensure it reflects the current context with respect to smoking, vaping, and/or cannabis consumption and report back with any recommended changes; and

That Council declares its intent to review the matter within a year, and directs staff to monitor the provincial implementation and report back in January 2020 with recommendations on whether or not to lift the prohibition; and

THAT the Municipal Clerk be directed to provide notice of this resolution to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario per the requirements of the Ontario Cannabis Licence Act.

York Region, on behalf of the regional municipalities has gathered the answers to these and other frequently asked questions for your review. For further information please visit York Region's website. links to external site
York Region, on behalf of the regional municipalities has gathered the answers to these and other frequently asked questions for your review. For further information please visit York Region's website. links to external site
York Region, on behalf of the regional municipalities has gathered the answers to these and other frequently asked questions for your review. For further information please visit York Region's website. links to external site
York Region, on behalf of the regional municipalities has gathered the answers to these and other frequently asked questions for your review. For further information please visit York Region's website. links to external site