Imex Systems to Assist Municipalities with the Implementation and Enforcement of Cannabis
October 25, 2018 (Source) — Imex Systems Inc. (“Imex” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE: IMEX; OTC: IMSYF) a software solution provider to Governments, Municipalities and Public Authorities continues to advance the development of the GOVCANN platform to address the needs of government agencies, health and safety, law enforcement, Licensed Producers and retailers. Municipalities will undoubtedly be met with numerous and ongoing challenges in implementing and enforcing the new cannabis legislation which the Company recognizes will require the cooperation of all municipal divisions including: police, fire and paramedic services; municipal planning; licensing and standards; public health; and social and legal services. In order to keep cannabis out of the reach from children, deter illegal activity, and protect public safety, it is imperative that municipalities consult with these various stakeholders, as well as their constituents.
As of October 17, 2018, recreational cannabis has been available for sale online through the Ontario Cannabis Store (“OCS”). The OCS will be the exclusive wholesaler and distributor to privately licensed cannabis retail stores which are expected to be operational effective April 1, 2019. As part of the newly introduced legislation, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (“AGCO”) will administer the licensing framework for the private cannabis retail stores. Various factors will be considered when assessing applications for retail store licenses, including public interest in light of the needs and wishes of the residents of the municipality.
Under Bill 36, the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, municipalities will be able to decide whether to allow privately-operated cannabis stores or to pass a one-time resolution to prohibit stores from operating within municipal boundaries. The resolution must be passed no later than January 22, 2019.
Topics of consideration for municipalities and their leadership to deliberate over include:
- Consumption guidance at municipally owned or managed properties
- Implementing appropriate human resources policies and employee education programs
- Enforcement and training in regard to impaired driving
- Enforcement and regulation surrounding ability to grow up to four cannabis plants per household
“From preventing people from smoking near schools and government property, to ensuring that cannabis production happens in a safe, regulated environment, and mandating where cannabis retail businesses will be able to operate, local governments must set rules that will impact the way cannabis legalization will affect their constituents,” said Rob Klein, CEO of Imex. “Developing the intricate rules and processes that will govern the legalization of non-medical cannabis is a complex task that government needs to get right. Municipalities will need to make critical decisions about how and when to write new bylaws on a range of issues. Imex is currently working with policy experts and companies with innovative technologies to build out its new GOVCANN platform, as well as leveraging its Government relationships.
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Imex Systems Inc. is a Canadian software products and solution provider to Governments, Municipalities and Public Authorities in Canada and internationally. Imex primarily focuses on E-Government and the Smart Cities market that also include the integration to payment processing. The company helps public sector entities to provide “Any Time, Any Where, Any Device and Any Channel” convenience for citizens to access government services and help with digital transformation of government operations and streamline revenue. Imex’s various product and service offerings include: i-Gov – a Digital Government Platform for all levels of governments, which provides all the pre-built components for building an effective Digital Government and supporting payment processing through multiple channels; iCity – a Smart City Solution; and miGov – a Mobile Government Framework.
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