In April 2017, the federal government introduced legislation to legalize and regulate non-medicinal cannabis across Canada, and has asserted to have the legislation in force by July 2018. To ensure readiness for the federal government’s deadline of July 2018, the Ministry of Finance and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) has begun identifying municipalities under consideration for initial stores. Municipalities will be identified in stages in order to support ongoing engagement with municipal staff and phase efforts to search for store sites. Earlier today, the City of Sault Ste. Marie was identified by the Ministry of Finance as a potential location as an initial cannabis retail site.
The Province is already in contact with City officials respecting the engagement process. The City of Sault Ste. Marie will work with the Government of Ontario and the LCBO to create a safe and sensible framework to govern the lawful use and retail distribution of non-medical cannabis as a carefully controlled substance within the province and in our community. Further information will be provided as updates become available. Visit lcbocannabisupdates.com for details.