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City seeks feedback on retail cannabis stores in Greater Sudbury

The City of Greater Sudbury is seeking input from local residents regarding retail cannabis stores being allowed within the city.

Should retail cannabis stores be allowed in Greater Sudbury? 

Recreational use of cannabis became legal in Canada on October 17, 2018. In Ontario, we have new laws that tell us how, where and who can buy and have cannabis:
- You must be 19 years of age and older to buy, use, possess and grow recreational cannabis;
- Cannabis can only be purchased through the online Ontario Cannabis Store;
- The use of cannabis is permitted where ever tobacco use is permitted;
- You are able to have a maximum of 30 grams of dried cannabis on you, in public;
- You are able to grow up to four plants in your home;

Regulations for private retail sales are currently being drafted by Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General. These regulations are anticipated to be in place for April 1, 2019. Retail stores will be authorized and licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

Municipalities are being offered the opportunity to opt out of having a retail store in their community and must so by January 22, 2019. Municipalities may opt in at a later date. If a municipality decides to opt in, they cannot chose to opt out at a later date.

Residents are invited to take part in a short survey related to local retail cannabis stores. The survey is available at https://overtoyou.greatersudbury.ca/cannabis-retail-store-survey. Comments will be accepted until November 30. The information collected will help City Council decide how to approach local retail stores for recreational cannabis.

During the month of December, the City will conduct more polling so that additional information can be compiled and reported to Council. A final report, with all feedback collected, will be presented to City Council on January 15, 2019.

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3 comments on article "City seeks feedback on retail cannabis stores in Greater Sudbury"

Claude Francis

11/13/2018 2:09 PM

No thanks. This will just legitimize the drug culture. We have enough problems in our city.


Kelvin Hennigar

11/13/2018 10:40 PM

I have not smoked weed in 24 years but know a lot of people that do . Listening to them I realize that the availability to there smokeables is limited and the wait to get it on line is way too long , This is leaving them no choice but to go to the black market to get it . I understand one of the stand points to legalize weed was to cut out the drug dealer an have control over the market , So lets get on with the show . Drug dealers have not even slowed down due to the fact of availability . Now is the time for this city to take control of the market an keep the prophets at home open several store fronts allowing pot smokers to buy legally not black market it will happen eventually so why not do it now and be leaders in northern ontario not the followers we have been getting the leftovers .


11/28/2018 4:59 AM

The city is constrained in what it can direct however can set necessities on where cannabis can be developed; constraining hours cannabis retail locations can work; setting up neighborhood zoning rules; confining where cannabis can be expended.

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