Police educate local businesses regarding cannabis sales
Your Orangeville Police Service has visited local businesses to educate property and business owners regarding their responsibilities under federal and provincial cannabis laws.
Over the past week, members of the Orangeville Police Service Criminal Investigations Bureau have educated local businesses known to or believed to be selling cannabis-based products such as CBD oils. This action was a proactive initiative to educate both business owners and landlords of potential consequences of selling these illegal products.
The Cannabis Act creates a strict legal framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis across Canada. The Cannabis Act protects public health through the creation of strict safety and quality regulations.
CBD oil is made from the cannabis plant (including the hemp variety) and is captured under the definition of cannabis in the federal Cannabis Act, as well as in Ontario’s Cannabis Control Act, and the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018. The sale of CBD oil or any other cannabis-based product, such as seeds or edibles, by an unlicensed cannabis retailer is illegal.
Consumers may only legally buy cannabis products through a licensed retailer. If an unauthorized business sells the products they would be in contravention of the legislation and upon conviction could be subject to a fine of up to $250,000.00. In addition, it is also an offence for a landlord to allow such activity to take place on property that they own and they are subject to the same fines as the business owner.
The Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario is the regulator for licensing private retail cannabis stores in Ontario. Only AGCO licensed cannabis retailers may sell recreational cannabis and they must purchase the products through the Ontario Cannabis Store.
To date the Orangeville Police Service has not charged any business or property owner under The Cannabis Act.
Further information regarding the sale of cannabis based products can be found here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/cannabis