On December 12, 2017, the Province of Ontario became the second province after Alberta to pass its cannabis legislation when Bill 174 (An Act to enact the Cannabis Act, 2017, the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation Act, 2017 and the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017, to repeal two Acts and to make amendments to the Highway Traffic Act respecting alcohol, drugs and other matters) had its third reading and was passed by a vote of 63-27. The legislation will come into force on July 1, 2018.
The Bill moved quickly through the legislative process having only been introduced by the governing Liberal Party into the Legislative Assembly on November 1, 2017.
As Whitney Abrams previously discussed on CCL, under Ontario’s Cannabis Act the minimum age to purchase and consume recreational cannabis is set at 19 years old and all recreational retail will be owned and operated by the provincial government under a newly created subsidiary to the LCBO. While home-growing will be permitted, consumption will be initially restricted to private residences only.
Although most of the other provinces and territories have not yet passed legislation to date, the majority of them have either introduced legislation or have announced the major details of what their provincial recreational plans entail.
Keep checking back here in the new year as we update you on developments in other provinces and territories as they unfold.