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OACP to Provide Input on Cannabis Regulations & Bill 175

The OACP has been asked to provide input into three critical government initiatives that will impact policing in the Province.

The OACP President, Chief Bryan Larkin, has requested an opportunity to make a presentation to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy regarding Bill 175, the Safer Ontario Act, 2017. The OACP Police Legal Advisors Committee is working with the OACP Board Executive and other committees to develop a comprehensive document which addresses issues on the proposed legislation.  We have requested that Chief Larkin present on March 1, 2018 at the Ontario legislature.

The Ministry of the Attorney General’s (MAG) Ontario Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat has contacted the OACP to request a meeting to discuss regulations to govern recreational cannabis within the province. In December 2017, the Ontario legislature passed legislation to regulate the lawful use, sale, and distribution of recreational cannabis in the province.  

MAG is considering regulations under the Cannabis Act, 2017 that would clarify the places of use rules for recreational cannabis and prescribe restrictions on where medical cannabis can be used in a form that is not smoked or vaped.  The Ministry is also seeking early feedback on prospective proposals to permit licensed and regulated cannabis consumption venues and/or designated outdoor smoking and vaping areas for cannabis in multi-unit dwellings. More information on these proposed regulations will be available for comment on the regulatory registry until March 5, 2018.

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has informed the OACP that it is developing regulations to implement:

  1. The remainder of the impaired driving initiatives under the Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act, 2015 which received Royal Assent on June 2, 2015.
  2. A number of new measures to address the issues of impaired driving, distracted driving and vulnerable road user safety, under the Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2017 (Schedule 4) which received Royal Assent on December 12, 2017.

A summary of these proposals have been posted to Ontario’s Regulatory Registry (18-MTO-001 and 18- MTO-003) and can be viewed in English or French.  The OACP Traffic Committee is reviewing the proposals.

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