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The Cannabis ‘Cheat Sheet’: What is legal and where

The Cannabis ‘Cheat Sheet’: What is legal and where

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October 15, 2018

Most members will be aware that recreational cannabis will be legal across Canada as of Wednesday, October 17th.  While many rules are still in development, we thought it helpful to provide you with a snapshot view for each province and territory as they currently stand. RCC will continue to engage with provincial and territorial governments across the country as they refine regulations post-legalization, and will ultimately develop a guidebook on cannabis.  

Note that there is further regulation required from the federal government on edibles, which is expected in 2019. Until this time, edible marijuana products are not legalized. Once regulation on edibles is available, provinces will have the opportunity to pass their own legislation on edibles to complement federal rules. The federal government has indicated that edible products and concentrates will be authorized no later than October 2019, one year after the Cannabis Act comes into force.

Medical marijuana production, sale and use will continue to be regulated solely by the federal government; recreational legalization will not impact current laws for medical marijuana, but may impact unlicensed dispensaries, that will either be forced to shut down or required to go through a licensing process as recreational marijuana distributors.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Karl Littler, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs at: klittler@retailcouncil.org or 416-467-3783

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Minimum age for purchase and possession

Where to purchase

Prohibited spaces

Cannabis in the workplace

For more information

Alberta

18+

Privately-run retail stores, government-operated online sales

Wherever tobacco use is prohibited

  • Hospital, school or child care facilities
  • Playgrounds, sports fields, skateboard or bike parks, zoos, outdoor theatres and pools and splash pads
  • In vehicles (except those used as temporary residences such as RVs)
  • Under existing Occupation Health and Safety legislation, the employer has an obligation to protect the health and safety of all workers on their work site. In turn, workers must safeguard their health and safety, and the health and safety of others around them.
  • Alberta has indicated the possibility of additional or updated legislation, training or education programs on cannabis in the workplace post-legalization.

Government of Alberta: Cannabis legalization in Alberta

British Columbia

19+

All supply and distribution managed by BC Liquor Distribution Branch to private and government retail stores. Government run online sales. 

Wherever tobacco use is prohibited

  • Playgrounds, sports fields, skate parks, and other places where children commonly gather;
  • School properties
  • Motor vehicles

 

  • Workplace impairment is currently prohibited under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. B.C. employers are encouraged to develop clear impairment policies that take a fitness-to-work test approach to workplace impairment.
  • WorkSafe BC has developed a primer on preparing for cannabis legalization in the workforce.

Government cannabis information site

BC Liquor Distribution Branch cannabis update page

 

Manitoba

19+

All supply and distribution managed by the provincial government. Privately run retail stores and online sales.

Cannabis use is prohibited in public spaces, including: restaurant patios, in stadiums or outdoor entertainment venues, near wading pools, splash pads and water parks, near playgrounds, on beaches, or within bus shacks or similar public structures.

  • Under the Workplace Safety and Health Act, employers must take necessary precautions to ensure the safety, health and welfare of workers, and to provide and maintain a safe workplace.
  • SafeWork Manitoba has developed a primer on impairment in the workplace

Manitoba Cannabis Retail Framework

New Brunswick

19+

Government operated retail stores, government operated online sales

Recreational cannabis use is prohibited in public spaces.

  • Under the Workplace Health and Safety Act, employers shall take every reasonable precaution to ensure the health and safety of employees, and employees must act so they do not endanger themselves or other people in the workplace.

New Brunswick: Legislation concerning cannabis control and drug-impaired driving

Newfoundland

19+

Privately run retail stores, government operated online sales, with prices for all cannabis set by government.

Recreational cannabis use is prohibited in public spaces.

  • Under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, an employer, supervisor or worker shall not enter or remain on the premises of a workplace or at a job site while his or her ability to perform work responsibilities is impaired by intoxicating substances or another cause that endangers his or her health or safety or that of other workers.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador: Provincial Government Releases First Details on Cannabis Legalization in Newfoundland and Labrador

Nova Scotia

19+

Government operated retail stores (inside current liquor stores) and online sales

Wherever tobacco use is prohibited, as well as:

  • on or within 20 meters of playgrounds located in an outdoor public space
  • on or within 20 meters of a publicly owned sport and recreation event or venue, located in an outdoor public space
  • on and within nine meters of public trails
  • in provincial parks and on provincial beaches, except for within the boundaries of a rented campsite
  • in vehicles used as part of one’s job or work; this does not apply to a personal vehicle used for work purposes if they are the only person using the vehicle for work purposes (this applies to tobacco only – any use of cannabis in vehicles is prohibited).
  • Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, employers are responsible for ensuring the health and safety of everyone at or near the workplace.
  • A primer on cannabis impairment in the workplace is available here.

Nova Scotia: Be in the know about legal cannabis in Nova Scotia

Ontario

19+

Following their defeat of the Liberals in the June election, the P.C. government introduced a new framework governing the sale and use of cannabis. The Ontario Cannabis Store website will be the only legal option for purchasing recreational cannabis as of October 17, 2018; there will be no retail stores. The government plans to introduce legislation that, if passed, would allow for private retail stores by April 2019

Wherever tobacco use is prohibited.

All methods of consuming cannabis would be prohibited in vehicles and boats that are being driven or under a person’s care or control, subject to certain exceptions that would be prescribed by regulation – e.g. use of medical cannabis edibles by a passenger who is a medical cannabis user.

Ontario Government: Cannabis legalization

Prince Edward Island

19+

Government run retail stores and online sales

Recreational cannabis use is prohibited in public spaces.

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, an employer shall ensure that every reasonable precaution is taken to protect the occupational health and safety of persons at or near the workplace

Government of Prince Edward Island: Province announces framework for cannabis legalization

Quebec

18+ (CAQ has indicated their intention to raise this to 21)

Government run retail stores and online sales

The recently elected CAQ has announced its intention to ban cannabis use in all public spaces.

Under the Act Respecting Occupational Health and Safety, every employer must take the necessary measures to protect the health and ensure the safety and physical well-being of his worker

Government of Québec: Regulating cannabis in Québec

Saskatchewan

19+

Privately run retail stores, online sales

Recreational cannabis use is prohibited in public spaces.

  • Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, every employer shall ensure, insofar as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all of the employer’s workers
  • The Government of Saskatchewan is considering legislative changes to The Saskatchewan Employment Act and The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996 to more specifically include cannabis.

Government of Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan’s Cannabis Framework

Northwest Territories

19+

Initially through government liquor stores (retail and mail-order) possibility of cannabis-only stores in the future

Wherever tobacco use is prohibited, as well as in crowded places and parks frequented by children.

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, as effective September 12, 2018, no worker shall enter or remain in a work site if they are impaired, and no employer shall permit them to do so.

Government of NWT: Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Implementation Act

Nunavut

19+

Initially through government run online sales, with possibility to license government and/or private retail in the future

Wherever tobacco use is prohibited, as well as school grounds and other areas frequented by children

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, as effective September 12, 2018, no worker shall enter or remain in a work site if they are impaired, and no employer shall permit them to do so.

Nunavut: Cannabis

Yukon

19+

Initially, public retail stores and online sales only, run by the Yukon Liquor Corporation.

Preparing for private retail stores post-legalization.

Recreational cannabis use is prohibited in public spaces.

Under the Occupation Health and Safety Regulations, workers shall not enter, remain or be permitted to remain in a workplace while their ability to work may be affected by alcohol, drugs or other substances so as to endanger their health or safety or that of any other person.

Yukon Liquor Corporation’s recreational cannabis information

 

 

 

 

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Scrap it and start over! RCC’s advice to the Ford Government to repeal Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (Bill 148, 2017)

Scrap it and start over! RCC’s advice to the Ford Government to repeal Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (Bill 148, 2017)

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September 25, 2018

RCC is calling on the Ford Government to repeal Bill 148 and then proceed to address individual problems where necessary. This was the very advice that Retail Council of Canada provided, on behalf of its retailers, to the Changing Workplaces Review Panel in 2015 and again in 2016. Bottom line, our position from the get-go was never to support these changes!

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) Calling for Repeal of Ontario Bill 148
RE: Amendments to Employment Standards Act (ESA) and the Labour Relations Act (LRA)

RCC is calling on the Ford Government to repeal Bill 148 and then proceed to address individual problems where necessary. This was the very advice that Retail Council of Canada provided, on behalf of its retailers, to the Changing Workplaces Review Panel in 2015 and again in 2016. Bottom line, our position from the get-go was never to support these changes!

Retailers told us that the changes to Ontario labour laws were ill-conceived and poorly drafted. In a nutshell, RCC and its members believe that many of Bill 148’s changes were harmful to business and to employment prospects for Ontarians. 

Rather than attempting to solve these many problems piece-by-piece, RCC believes that the best course of action would be to repeal Bill 148. Scrap it and start over!

Among the many issues affecting employment, Bill 148’s single biggest cost to businesses is, of course, the increase in minimum wage, which was raised 20.7% on January 1, 2018. With a further rise to $15/hour legislated for January 1, 2019, this would bring the increase to a whopping 29.3% over a 12-month period. 

RCC applauds the new Ontario government’s commitment to avert the increase to $15/hour on January 1, 2019.

Read RCC’s letter to the Ontario Minister of Labour CALLING FOR THE REPEAL OF BILL 148.

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Flexible advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available to those seeking previously untapped exposure to retailers and other players in the Canadian retail industry. The study will be distributed Canada-wide to key retailers, including to almost 25,000 Retail Council of Canada email subscribers and 32,500 Canadian Retailer Magazine readers. The study will also be aggressively targeting the press to drive readership, providing thousands of additional qualified views to the study as it’s reported on locally and nationally.

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October 13, 2016, TORONTO – The Commercial Real Estate Industry Coalition, a consortium of all of the major Toronto real estate associations, released a report today opposing a new parking levy on commercially-owned parking stalls in the City of Toronto, and describing why it would be a poor choice for financing the City’s budget deficit. The report explains 10 good reasons why it’s a bad idea.

A parking levy is a tax applicable to all parking spaces occupied or unoccupied, above or below ground, at a set daily rate. It is levied against the owner of the parking space. It is to be distinguished from a parking sales tax, which is added to the charged cost of parking for a specific parking space actually occupied by a vehicle.

A parking levy on parking spaces is a hidden tax, akin to another property tax, that will be paid by the property owners and their tenants. Ultimately, part of the increased costs will be borne by consumers, likely in the form of higher grocery bills, higher cost of goods sold in retail outlets, and higher rent recharges in office, retail and industrial properties, or lower incomes for business owners. As it will be hidden, it is not specifically anti-car, as drivers won’t see it.

Toronto is already a high cost city, both residentially and commercially, and adding more tax burden to businesses and properties in the city will just make the problem worse. At the highest rate proposed in the City’s KPMG report, the parking levy could amount to a de facto 44% commercial property tax increase on businesses in the City of Toronto. The resulting increased costs of doing business in the city would make relocating to 905 or elsewhere that much more attractive.

A parking levy actually works at cross purposes with the City’s stated goals of increasing transit infrastructure and ridership, to the extent it may force businesses back out to the suburbs. City residents with jobs in 905 are hardly going to use transit for the reverse commute. We have a hub and spoke transit network, designed to bring people to the core and back out, ill-suited to diffused jobs in the 905 (perhaps except for SmartTrack).

Experiences from Greater Vancouver’s attempt at a parking levy illustrates that the levy is administratively difficult to implement and causes a range of problems and distortions. While the parking levy has garnered attention due to its unrealistic revenue projections, it is important to note that the levy has failed each time it has been proposed in Canada. Mentions of a successful “parking tax” almost always refer to a sales tax on paid parking spaces.

Most importantly, it is not a tax that just gets absorbed by big business, with some deep pocketed entity easily able to afford the hit. City staff and Council may not understand that a parking levy is a charge that will flow through to tenants under typical retail, industrial, and office net leases. So it will be large and small businesses, including small retailers and family businesses that will be hit. As shown in the backgrounder to this release, that financial hit can be proportionately very large. It potentially diffuses through to all economic activity in the city, depending on where it is ultimately applied, and has serious economic repercussions.

“The retail and office sectors are likely to bear most of the increased cost from a parking levy.” Says Michael Brooks, CEO of REALPAC. “At a time when Toronto’s competitiveness significantly trails other Ontario regions, a parking levy, as it has been proposed, would be another unfair burden on Toronto’s business community—especially real estate. The city needs to become more affordable not less so.”

Overall, this report concludes that a parking space levy is a poor financing tool to help the City fund its operating or capital budget gap.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Brooks Barnett
Manager, Government Relations & Policy
REALPAC
bbarnett@realpac.ca
416-642-2700 x224

About the Commercial Real Estate Industry Coalition:
The Commercial Real Estate Industry Coalition is comprised of the Real Property Association of Canada (REALPAC), the Toronto Financial District BIA, the Building Owners and Managers Association Toronto (BOMA Toronto), NAIOP Greater Toronto, the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC), the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and the Retail Council of Canada (RCC).

 

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