At the Council meeting held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, the Council of the Township of Douro-Dummer opted-in to allow the retail sale of cannabis within the Township. Cannabis for non-medical use became became legal in Canada on October 17, 2018. The minimum age for the use of cannabis is 19, which is the same as for alcohol. The Province of Ontario has laws in place regarding how, where and who can buy and possess cannabis in the province.

The Province of Ontario has chosen to allow recreational cannabis to be sold in two ways, on-line through the Ontario Cannabis Store and in privately operated retail stores. This private retail model will launch on April 1, 2019. 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 province is allowing municipalities to make a one-time decision to opt-out of permitting physical cannabis retail stores within their boundaries by January 22, 2019. Municipalities that choose to opt-out can opt back in at any time – but that decision is final.

Complaints about use, sales and distribution of cannabis and drug impairment while driving should be directed to the Ontario Provincial Police at (705) 742-0401.
Questions related to health impacts (such as second-hand smoke or impact on children) may be directed to Peterborough Public Health at (705) 743-1000 or by e-mail.