The City of Brantford is seeking the input of the public regarding regulating legalization of recreational cannabis (aka marijuana, weed, pot, grass, dope, reefer, ganja, and other slang variants).
Earlier this year, the federal government announced plans to legalize the recreational use of cannabis under the Cannabis Act, expected to go into effect nationally in late summer, 2018.
In Ontario, the minimum legal age to buy, use, possess or grow recreational cannabis will be 19. The allowed amount to possess in public at any given time will be 30 grams (about one ounce) of dried cannabis. When legalized, recreational use will not be allowed in any public place, workplace or motorized vehicle in Ontario.
The City of Brantford recognizes that legalization will have several impacts on our municipality related to both health risks and enforcement. To help guide the City’s readiness plan, in early April, the City’s Strategic Planning and Community Partnerships department engaged several community partners to develop a framework of issues that directly impact the City of Brantford.
Among the areas the City of Brantford is seeking engagement from the community, in relation to recreational marijuana, are the following topics:
Recreational cannabis will impact citizens regardless of their opinion on this subject. Provocation does not determine successful bylaws…sound research and intelligent judgement does.
~ John Bradford, Publisher 4BRANT
Residents of the City of Brantford are asked to fill out the following online survey regarding recreational cannabis legalization:
Paper versions of the survey will also be available to complete beginning Monday May 14th at Brantford City Hall (100 Wellington St.) and at the Brant County Health Unit located at 194 Terrace Hill St.
The survey will be open until May 31st with the goal to provide a summary of the findings in a Report to Brantford City Council in June 2018.
Any questions regarding the survey should be directed to the City’s Communications and Community Engagement department at 519-759-4150.