Cannabis Information

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General information on cannabis, cannabis facilities and more.

On October 17, 2018 the Cannabis Act came into effect which legalized the cultivation, production, and use of cannabis for recreational purposes. Cannabis retail outlets are regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and as part of the application process, the applicant is required to post a public notice on the subject property and residents are able to provide comments on any new applications.

While the licensing of commercial cannabis production falls under federal jurisdiction, regulating the location of cannabis facilities (cultivation and/or production) is done, in part, through the Township's Official Plan and Zoning By-law 14-14, as amended.

At the time the Township's Official Plan and Zoning By-law were prepared and enacted, the cultivation and production of cannabis was not contemplated as a legal land use, and therefore the Official Plan and Township Zoning By-law contain no reference to cannabis. Cannabis cultivation and production facilities are not specifically defined or identified as a permitted use and there are no performance standards in the Township Zoning By-law to address land use planning considerations, such as compatibility with other permitted uses in the Township Zoning By-law.

Since the Cannabis Act came into effect, and particularly in recent months, the Township has received an increasing number of enquiries regarding potential locations for cannabis cultivation and production facilities, as well as an increasing number of complaints regarding already established cannabis operations within the Township.

On June 29, 2020, Council passed an Interim Control By-law prohibiting any new cannabis facilities within the agricultural area until at least July 2021.

Status: The Township has been working to prepare draft amendments to the Official Plan and Zoning By-law to regulate cannabis production facilities within the Township of Scugog. A copy of the draft amendments have been released for public review and comment. We know cannabis is a complicated issue. Township staff have made an effort to draft policies that both limit the potential negative impacts of cannabis operations and provides economic opportunities to the agricultural community.

The Township held a virtual public open house on June 16, 2021 to provide interested parties the opportunity to learn more about the proposed amendments, make comments, identify issues and provide additional information relative to the proposed amendments. A copy of the presentation that was provided at the Public Open House is available under Documents.

Next Steps: Staff will review and take into consideration any public and agency comments received over the next few months and make any necessary changes to the proposed Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment. A public meeting is anticipated to be held in the fall, with a recommendation report to be presented to Council before the end of 2021 for a decision.

For More Information or to Provide Input:

Online Engagement: This online consultation page has been set up to provide all project information to residents. Comments and questions can be submitted to the project team through the Questions and Comments section of the page.

Written comments: Written comments can be provided to the Manager of Planning. Comments and questions can be sent via email or mail or dropped off at the Township offices.

Township Contact: For more information, to provide comments, and/or to be notified of subsequent meetings or the decision of the Township of Scugog Council, please contact Township Planning Staff:

Robin Prentice, Manager of Planning
181 Perry Street, Box 780
Port Perry, ON L9L 1A7
905-985-7346 x100 or rprentice@scugog.ca

Participate in the Statutory Public Meeting: A Statutory Public Meeting will be held at a later date in the fall before any decisions are made. Please contact Township staff to ensure you are on the notification list to receive notice of the public meeting.

On October 17, 2018 the Cannabis Act came into effect which legalized the cultivation, production, and use of cannabis for recreational purposes. Cannabis retail outlets are regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and as part of the application process, the applicant is required to post a public notice on the subject property and residents are able to provide comments on any new applications.

While the licensing of commercial cannabis production falls under federal jurisdiction, regulating the location of cannabis facilities (cultivation and/or production) is done, in part, through the Township's Official Plan and Zoning By-law 14-14, as amended.

At the time the Township's Official Plan and Zoning By-law were prepared and enacted, the cultivation and production of cannabis was not contemplated as a legal land use, and therefore the Official Plan and Township Zoning By-law contain no reference to cannabis. Cannabis cultivation and production facilities are not specifically defined or identified as a permitted use and there are no performance standards in the Township Zoning By-law to address land use planning considerations, such as compatibility with other permitted uses in the Township Zoning By-law.

Since the Cannabis Act came into effect, and particularly in recent months, the Township has received an increasing number of enquiries regarding potential locations for cannabis cultivation and production facilities, as well as an increasing number of complaints regarding already established cannabis operations within the Township.

On June 29, 2020, Council passed an Interim Control By-law prohibiting any new cannabis facilities within the agricultural area until at least July 2021.

Status: The Township has been working to prepare draft amendments to the Official Plan and Zoning By-law to regulate cannabis production facilities within the Township of Scugog. A copy of the draft amendments have been released for public review and comment. We know cannabis is a complicated issue. Township staff have made an effort to draft policies that both limit the potential negative impacts of cannabis operations and provides economic opportunities to the agricultural community.

The Township held a virtual public open house on June 16, 2021 to provide interested parties the opportunity to learn more about the proposed amendments, make comments, identify issues and provide additional information relative to the proposed amendments. A copy of the presentation that was provided at the Public Open House is available under Documents.

Next Steps: Staff will review and take into consideration any public and agency comments received over the next few months and make any necessary changes to the proposed Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment. A public meeting is anticipated to be held in the fall, with a recommendation report to be presented to Council before the end of 2021 for a decision.

For More Information or to Provide Input:

Online Engagement: This online consultation page has been set up to provide all project information to residents. Comments and questions can be submitted to the project team through the Questions and Comments section of the page.

Written comments: Written comments can be provided to the Manager of Planning. Comments and questions can be sent via email or mail or dropped off at the Township offices.

Township Contact: For more information, to provide comments, and/or to be notified of subsequent meetings or the decision of the Township of Scugog Council, please contact Township Planning Staff:

Robin Prentice, Manager of Planning
181 Perry Street, Box 780
Port Perry, ON L9L 1A7
905-985-7346 x100 or rprentice@scugog.ca

Participate in the Statutory Public Meeting: A Statutory Public Meeting will be held at a later date in the fall before any decisions are made. Please contact Township staff to ensure you are on the notification list to receive notice of the public meeting.

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    Will the proposed and subsequent new by-laws pertain to existing properties already in use or only to those that want to become established

    Scott Wilson asked 8 days ago

    The proposed new By-laws would only apply to new cannabis operations. Cannabis facilities that were lawfully established under all relevant legislation, will be permitted to continue.