Education & Events

2018 Municipal Licensing and Law Enforcement Forum

Four Points by Sheraton -Toronto Airport Hotel
Windsor Hall Ballroom
6257 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON L4V 1E4

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Recreational Cannabis Legalization: Cutting Through the Haze

About the Forum

On August 13th, the Ontario Government confirmed it will table legislation to permit private sector retail sales of recreational marijuana by April 1st, 2019. As of Oct 17th, Ontario residents 19 and older will be able to buy marijuana on-line through the Ontario Cannabis Store website. The government also stated that Ontario municipalities will be given a one-time chance to opt-out of allowing physical cannabis stores within each municipality’s boundaries. Approximately $40 million will be given to local governments across the province over two years to help with costs associated with the legalization of marijuana. In light of the recent announcements, municipalities are scrambling to figure out their implications and obligations, including addressing issues around the regulatory framework, such as policies, zoning, by-laws and enforcement. There is now significant potential for far more Ontario municipalities to be impacted by this new direction, than would have been with the previous Ontario government’s proposal for cannabis retail to be restricted to only government-run Ontario Cannabis Stores.

Based on input from a working group of issues experts and practitioners, including members from AMCTO and partner associations, the Municipal Law Enforcement Officers' Association (MLEOA), Ontario Association of Property Standards Officers (OAPSO) and the Prosecutors Association of Ontario (PAO), AMCTO is developing a Municipal Licensing & Law Enforcement Forum focused on providing a venue for municipal by-law, licensing, zoning, and enforcement professionals, to brainstorm and discuss options based on the proposed legislation, including what considerations need to be incorporated into by-laws, licensing, and zoning provisions


Registration Form

Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm (Registration begins at 8:00 am)

Fee: $350.30 ($310 + $40.30 HST)
(Includes continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments and materials)

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