Brampton prepares for legalization of recreational cannabis

Ahead of the legalization of recreational cannabis on Oct. 17, the City of Brampton is asking residents to put safety first when using or in possession of recreational cannabis.

Brampton Fire and Emergency Services data shows that 31 per cent of fatal fires in the home over the past five years were caused by improperly discarded smoking material. Smoking cannabis will be regulated the same as tobacco, and cannabis users need to be responsible for safe use to protect themselves, their families, minors, pets and property.

Cannabis users are advised not to cook while under the influence. Residents are also reminded not to grow beyond the legal limit of four cannabis plants per household and not to make any modification to their electrical system or use high heat lamps as they pose a serious fire risk.

Smoking cannabis is prohibited in the same places where the smoking of tobacco is prohibited, such as enclosed public places/workplaces, within 20 metres of children’s playgrounds and play areas within parks, public sporting areas (e.g., splash pads, soccer fields) and in all bars and restaurant patios. For a full list of locations, visit the FAQ section on the city’s website.

The new city council (effective on Dec. 1) will decide whether or not cannabis retail establishments should be allowed in Brampton. The Province of Ontario requires the decision to be made by January 22. City staff is working on a report about cannabis retail stores, to be presented to council at their Dec. 5 meeting to help them make an informed decision.

At the end of October, the city will issue a public poll to gauge residents’ opinion about Brampton opting in or out of retail cannabis stores. Results of the poll will be provided as part of the report to council to consider as part of their decision.

“Community safety is our priority,” said Mayor Linda Jeffrey. “This includes promoting fire safety concerns related to cannabis use, preparation and growing, as well as enforcement of use of cannabis in public spaces. The city will also continue to work with our partners and with the provincial and federal governments to ensure community safety remains top of mind.”

Cannabis possession limits are a maximum of 30 grams (about one ounce) of dried cannabis in public. There is a maximum of four plants per residence (not per person). Additional information can be found on the Peel Regional Police Cannabis and the Law webpage.

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