Cannabis Retail Store Survey

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Recreational cannabis was legalized by the Federal Government 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 retails 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.

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.

Feedback collected from November 17 to November 30, 2018 will be shared at the December 11, 2018 City Council meeting.

*Consultation is now closed*

Recreational cannabis was legalized by the Federal Government 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 retails 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.

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.

Feedback collected from November 17 to November 30, 2018 will be shared at the December 11, 2018 City Council meeting.

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I believe alcohol and pharmaceutical medication has more potential risks to individuals and the public than cannabis. If the city does not allow retail stores, I believe the city will either have an increase in black market purchases and/or a loss in revenue from citizens travelling elsewhere to make purchases.

Florence over 1 year ago

"Don't Make Seniors Suffer Any Longer-Open a Cannabis Retail Store in Sudbury"Many seniors suffer from chronic pain. Pharmaceutical pain medication has many side effects (some often very serious, including addiction). My senior friends and I would like to try cannabis to help alleviate some of our ailments. There has been such a bad stigma to the use of marijuana for all my adult life; I, like many of my friends are anxious about speaking to our family physicians about getting a prescription for marijuana. Instead, we have been waiting (in pain) for it to become legalized so that we could try it medicinally and anonymously. Unfortunately, we are still unable to have access to it. Many of my senior friends do not have a computer, or do not feel comfortable shopping on the internet (we have not ever shopped this way, we are afraid of identity theft,and/or we do not have the customer service we need shopping this way). We would make a purchase if we could walk into a store and ask our questions directly to a person. I wish the city would stop penalizing seniors and make cannabis easier for us to access for medical purposes.

Florence over 1 year ago

Yes I think the city must allow retail stores to open. These stores would help regulate a natural product that has always been in our community, and educate our citizens on it's health benefits.Any producer who wishes to stay in business must now provide a safe and effective product that can be traced back to them. This will only help legitimize a useful product and lift the veil that the black market had over it since prohibition.I look forward to the day when people of all legal ages with varying health issues can walk into a store, and talk to knowledgeable sales reps., that will help educate them on products that best serve their needs. On the medical side of the argument, this may help a little with the opioid epidemic by getting some of them off the street. People with pain can try med. marijuana instead,which is not addictive.Sorry big Pharma.On the recreational side, Marijuana used for the same reasons people use alcohol is nowhere as destructive,addictive or personality changing as alcohol is .I personally know of many people who's lives and those around them that have been negatively change, or worse cut short by alcohol.

Bud over 1 year ago

There is no reason to treat this any different from alcohol or tobacco, or for that matter to treat them any different from cannabis. Open them all up and regulate them all the same way, like they do in other provinces and in the US. Why should the LCBO have a monopoly on alcohol and limit us to the products they choose to offer?

Mike over 1 year ago

It would be beneficial to have retail stores in Sudbury. The commercial market will create jobs for those knowledgeable when it comes to cannabis. It would also cut down on those selling illegally. It is also an opportunity to educate people face to face. Dispensaries make educated users, as opposed to the curious bumbling around on the internet purchasing products not suitable for their current needs. Thank you.

chrys_robertson over 1 year ago

It would be more beneficial to allow retail cannabis stores to operate within the City. By allowing retail cannabis stores to operate it would take the money out of the black market/illegal operations. If customers can have easy access to a shop they are more likely to use the store due to the convenience. Whereas, currently with just an online store the illegal market can still thrive due to them being more convenient. By the product being in a store it allows the product to be taxed. Also, it would allow consumers to purchase products from a more creditable seller. Furthermore, as said by Daviddurie,” How about filling up some vacant store fronts?” Cannabis is legal in order to most effectively allow this law to be used for the intended purpose stores should be allowed to operate.

SudburyCitizen over 1 year ago

I am born and raised in Sudbury and am well versed in street culture as being a teenager of the 60s.Should City Council bar retail pot stores it would plunge the community into prohibition era status and offer an open invitation to surrounding community Black Marketeers to set up shop in our city. Police and judicial services would be overtaxed more than ever. These resources would be more valuable in ridding our town of Opioid and Crack dealers, rather than focusing on a relatively benign recreational natural drug.

Larrys over 1 year ago

I would like to have a dispensary. Even if it's for recreational use, I know which strains help my pain, nausea and all the other things I suffer from. I don't want to go get medical marijuana, because the places in Sudbury make it too complicated to get. im not well enough to go through the whole process of getting the card. So.....I'm just waiting....... Many people with pain would benefit. I would...... I know what strains help me. Please open one!! Or let people open some? Cannabis (marijuana) is no longer a drug....it's a mood enhancer, cbd kills cancer and helps pain...... there is so much science to the awesome herb God created for us=) Thanks for listening =) ps- i love Sudbury =)

Northern Angel over 1 year ago

If we’re legalizing it to keep the black market out, the on line/mail system is too combersome to use. People want to shop the industry. How about filling up some vacant store fronts?

DavidDurie over 1 year ago

I like the anonymity of shopping in person. I can walk in, select product and pay cash. No one knows the product, frequency or my identifying information. I will not buy on line because off security breaches. I may want to cross rhe US border and id rhey have a list of folks names who bought a cannabis product on-line then maybe I don't get to go across. Be assured, if North Bay or Sault St Marie get a store I will drive and spend my money there. I will also buy a meal there and perhaps do other retail shopping. Money Sudbury could have had if they would have opened a store so I could buy some wacky tabacky.

Jennifer71 over 1 year ago

I have never used cannabis before it became legal. As I am 100% pro natural remedies and I am against big pharma and the meds pushed on people (sometimes for finalncial reasons) I bought CBD oil online on Oct 17th to try as a remedy for anxiety and now, I found out that I might not be able to travel to US because my credit card is linked to the purchase. I support having official store(s) in Sudbury where you can pay cash, still be legal and buy proper quality and regulated cannabis products without being banned from other countries. I do not support selling cannabis at corner stores the way other people do. ID could be required upon purchase for all I am concerned as I would not encourage anything that would promote underage use.

crazeca over 1 year ago