A vehicle for obtaining public input on municipal decisions will soon be closing its doors. The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has taken a lot of criticism over the years, from public and municipal law makers alike. It has been chastised for not being accessible enough and favouring developers by overruling decisions made by local municipal councils. The OMB will be replaced by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).
Municipalities are still trying to process how legalized pot will play out in their jurisdictions. Ontario municipal law could be affected by what the province proposes regarding the sale of cannabis. One of the regulations includes the age at which an individual could purchase marijuana legally, which will be 19 years -- as it is with cigarettes and alcohol. The age will also pertain to possessing the drug, growing it at home and using it.