As of October 17, 2018, consumers are able to purchase cannabis online through the Ontario Cannabis Store.
Store-front retail sales will not be permitted until, at the earliest, April 1, 2019. A decision on whether private cannabis retail shops will be permitted in Newmarket will be made by Council at the January 7, 2019 Council Meeting.
Meanwhile, there is no change to the legislation pertaining to medical use of cannabis.
A Public Information Centre on cannabis legislation was held on December 12. If you were unable to attend and would like to give feedback, please take our survey below or submit your comments in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org a by December 28, 2018. A Video Recording of the Public Information Centre and Presentation are available on the Agendas and Minutes page. For more information, please call 905-895-5193.
Take our survey on private cannabis retail stores and Town by-laws:
Frequently Asked Questions
Will Newmarket have cannabis retail locations?
A decision will be made by Newmarket Council in January 2019 as to whether Newmarket will have retail locations for cannabis. The Town will hold a Public Information Centre on December 12. Members of the public will be able to provide feedback through an online survey.
Is smoking in parks and public places permitted?
Enforcement falls within the jurisdiction of York Region Public Heath (for medical use) and York Regional Police (for recreational use). York Region, Public Health, Tobacco and Electronic Cigarettes Control Officers will enforce the current Smoke Free Ontario Act, 2006 and the Electronic Cigarettes Act 2015. Officers will enforce the proposed Smoke Free Ontario Act, 2017.
For more information, you may contact one of the phone numbers below:
York Region: 1-877-464-9675
York Regional Police non-emergency line: 1-866-876-5423
The following are links to information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the cannabis legislation, which came into effect on October 17, 2018.
Region of York website: www.york.ca/cannabisinfo
Government of Ontario website: www.ontario.ca/cannabis
Government of Canada website: www.canada.ca/cannabis