The province wants your input on how Ontario should implement marijuana legalization.
In April 2017, the federal government introduced the Cannabis Act. If passed, the Act will legalize and regulate marijuana across the country by July 2018.
However, the plan is calling on provinces and territories to create a framework in order to regulate distribution, sale, and consumption of cannabis.
Ontario wants to approach legalization in a way that protects youth, prevents harm, and ensures that Ontario’s roads remain safe.
“The legalization of cannabis will mark a big change in our country,” said Yasir Naqvi, Ontario’s Attorney General in a release. “Here in Ontario, we have some important decisions to make – and with so much at stake, we need to get it right. That’s why we need to hear from the people of Ontario as we develop an approach to legalization that keeps our youth, communities and roads safe.”
Starting July 12, Ontario residents can have their say on issues and decisions related to the legalization of marijuana by taking part in an online survey. The survey will close on July 31, 2017.
The Ontario Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat will also host a series of forums this summer for the impacts of legalization.
The province will hear from a wide range of participants including public health experts, law enforcement, youth advocates, and licenced producers.