Recreational Cannabis - Town of Ajax

Recreational Cannabis 

On October 17, 2018, recreational cannabis use will be legal in Canada. The Town has put together some FAQs for residents.

Q: Who can consume (smoke, vape or ingest) cannabis? 

A: In Ontario, you must be a minimum of 19+.

Q: Where can I legally purchase cannabis? 

A: In Ontario, those 19+ can only purchase from the Ontario Cannabis Store website. In Ontario, retail stores will not legally open until April 1, 2019. 

Note: the sale of edible cannabis products is still illegal in Canada. 

Q: Will the Town allow cannabis retail locations in Ajax? 

A: This will be a decision of the new Council, made at a Council meeting in early 2019. The deadline to decide whether to allow (opt-in) or disallow (opt-out) cannabis retail locations in Ajax is January 22, 2019. 

Q: Where can I consume (smoke, vape or ingest) cannabis in Ontario? 

A: Provincial law allows for cannabis consumption anywhere you can consume tobacco products, with the exception of vehicles. These restrictions are outlined in the Smoke Free Ontario Act. Municipalities (including the Region of Durham) may implement local bylaws to further restrict where cannabis can be consumed. 

Note: The Town currently does not allow smoking: 

  • In enclosed public placed and enclosed workplaces (including Town facilities). 
  • Within 15 metres of public entrances to Town facilities. 
  • Within 20 metres of children's playgrounds and publicly owned sports fields, etc. 

Q: Will the Town consider additional restrictions on cannabis consumption? 

A: A report addressing current provincial legislation and other cannabis considerations will come to Ajax Council in early 2019. 

Q: Who should I call if I have a complaint about cannabis smoking? 

A: The Town will only be enforcing current bylaws and restrictions. Other concerns including odor will not be addressed. If you are concerned about someone driving under the influence or need to report a disturbance (party, etc.) please contact Durham Regional Police Services. 

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Helpful Links - legislation and background:

Government of Canada - Cannabis website

Province of Ontario - Cannabis website