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​Cannabis Retail Stores in the Town of Midland

The Town is engaging residents on whether or not they support cannabis retail stores being allowed in Midland. This decision could have an ​​impact on our Town and we want to hear from you now so that we can make this important choice together. We value your feedback, and it will be presented to our new Town Council who will make the final decision on January 9, 2019.

We want to hear from you. 

Take our survey below to have your voice heard!


As of October 17, 2018, it is now legal to purchase and use cannabis for recreational purposes across Canada.

In Ontario, currently the only way to legally purchase recreational cannabis is online through the Ontario Cannabis Store. However, municipalities across the province have the option to allow retail cannabis stores beginning in April 2019. By January 22, 2019, the Town of Midland needs to confirm with the province whether it will allow private retail stores. If a municipality opts out of allowing cannabis retail stores by this date, they have the option of opting in at a later date. However, if a municipality opts in by this date, they will not be able to opt out of allowing cannabis retail stores i​n the future.

Should the Town of Midland decide to opt in​, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will be responsible for the siting of any cannabis retail stores.


 Frequently Asked Questions

Will the Town allow cannabis retailers in Midland?

​This is a matter for the new Town Council to decide. Municipalities have the opportunity to opt-out of allowing retail stores by January 22, 2019.​

Does the Town intend to opt-out of allowing cannabis retailers in Midland?

​Town Council will decide whether or not cannabis retail establishments should be allowed in Midland. Staff is looking for public input on the matter through the Cannabis Survey as part of our due diligence to ensure Council is prepared to make an informed decision.​

Who provides the license to private retailers to operate in Midland?

​Should the Town choose to allow private retailers to operate in Midland, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, the independent provincial regulator, will license and regulate private cannabis retail in Midland.​

What types of businesses can apply for cannabis retail license?

​The provincial government will establish the licensing mechanism. For more information visit the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario website:​ation(External link).​

Where will these stores be located if allowed?

​Should the Town choose to allow private retailers to operate in Midland, store locations will be regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). When a store location application is received, the AGCO Registrar will initiate a public notice process for the municipality and its residents to make written submissions to the Registrar within a 15-day period.​

​​*As per the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018 (Ontario Regulation 468/18): A cannabis retail store may not be located less than 150 metres from a school*