Burlington and Oakville to Get Legal Cannabis Stores in 2018

Burlington - and Oakville - are among 40 municipalities set to have a government-run pot shop by July 2018 — that’s when marijuana will be legal and cannabis stores will be operating across Ontario.

The Ministry of Finance and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario have identified the cities and towns that will be selling cannabis, and the LCBO will decide where these stores are located.

So far, 29 municipalities have been identified including Mississauga, Hamilton, Brampton, Brantford, and Toronto.

Ontario’s Cannabis Act sets the rules and regulations for marijuana use, sale and distribution; legislation was passed at Queen’s Park on Dec. 12.

Similar to alcohol in Ontario, you must be 19 to buy, possess, and cultivate cannabis. It’s going to be banned in public places, workplaces, and vehicles.

The province is creating a new retailer called the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation (OCRC) that’s overseen by the LCBO, with the goal of opening 40 stand-alone stores in July 2018 - the deadline set by the feds - and 150 stores by 2020.

The City of Burlington “will work with the Ministry of Finance and the LCBO to develop guidelines and the process for choosing store locations,” reads a news release.

The guidelines will achieve the provincial objectives of protecting youth by ensuring stores are not close to schools while providing access in communities and addressing the illegal market.”

The federal Cannabis Act, Bill C-45, was introduced in Ottawa last April. The feds are looking to legalize the sale of marijuana by July.

The province has identified 29 Ontario municipalities for one or more standalone cannabis retail stores to open in the summer.

Here’s the list of municipalities:

  • Ajax
  • Belleville
  • Barrie
  • Brampton
  • Brantford
  • Burlington
  • Cambridge
  • Chatham-Kent
  • Guelph
  • Hamilton
  • Kingston
  • Kitchener
  • Lindsay (Kawartha Lakes)
  • London
  • Mississauga
  • Niagara Falls
  • Oakville
  • Oshawa
  • Ottawa
  • Peterborough
  • Sault Ste. Marie
  • St. Catharines
  • Sudbury
  • Thunder Bay
  • Toronto
  • Vaughan
  • Waterloo
  • Whitby
  • Windsor

The City of Burlington has posted links to detailed information online.

Residents can submit anonymous feedback about the plans for the store through an LCBO-run website.

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