1. Bill 235, Cannabis Licence Amendment Act, 2020

This Bill was introduced by Marit Stiles (Davenport), Opposition. It was carried on first reading on November 25, 2020.

Highlights: This Bill would amend the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018 to provide that

  • In absence of evidence to the contrary, the Registrar shall consider a resolution of the council of the municipality as proof of the needs and wishes of the residents of the municipality for the purposes of paragraph 5 of subsection 4 (6) of the Act
  • (municipality above referring to the municipality in which the person is seeking a store permit in)


No new and approved regulations of interest.

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