City Seeks Public Opinion on Recreational Cannabis in Mississauga

The use of recreational cannabis became legal in Canada on October 17, 2018. Ontario has elected to allow for recreational cannabis to be sold on-line or in privately operated retail stores. The location and operation of these private stores will be under the control of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), which is also responsible for regulating gaming and alcohol sales in the province. The City of Mississauga is considering whether Mississauga should opt in or out of private retail sales of cannabis. The City is also looking at locations where smoking or other use of recreational cannabis could be prohibited on City property; however the City cannot completely prohibit the smoking or vaping of cannabis.
The City wants to directly hear from residents on these matters. Responses can be provided either online through a survey or by attending a Public Information Session. The City has also conducted an independent telephone survey, using Forum Research, to gain direct input from residents across the City.
After all the consultation has concluded, the City will review the public’s input along with other relevant data, inputs and trends before presenting formal feedback to the Province.
Public Information Session Details
What: 
Public consultation regarding the Legalization of Recreational Cannabis in Mississauga
When and Where:
Monday, November 26, 2018 6 to 7 p.m.
City Hall – Council Chamber, Second Floor
300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga ON
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Who:
Residents
Consultants
Local business owners and operators
City staff
Can’t Make the Public Information Session? 
Visit yoursay.mississauga.ca/cannabis before November 30, 2019 to take the survey and share your feedback online regarding recreational cannabis use in Mississauga.
Learn more about recreational cannabis, visit yoursay.mississauga.ca/cannabis.
BACKGROUND:
The production, sale and use of recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018.
Recreational cannabis use is now legal in Mississauga under the federal government’s Cannabis Act, 2017. The Province will regulate sales through the AGCO.  Mississauga City Council has until January 22, 2019 to make the decision to opt-out or permit retail stores. The province will continue to consult with municipalities including Mississauga, Peel Public Health and Peel Regional Police on the implementation of the private retail model.

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