Reports: Ontario to open their own pot storefronts, shut down illegal shops

Sep 8 2017, 8:06 pm

Ontario is creating a cannabis control board and opening up to 80 pot storefronts.

According to the CBC, the province is set to make the announcement on Friday, and the storefronts will manage the sale of distributional of weed in Ontario.

In July, Ontario residents were able to have their say on the issues and decisions related to the legalization of marijuana by taking part in an online survey. The Ontario Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat also host a series of forums this summer for the impacts of legalization.

At the time, the province said it wants to approach legalization  in a way that protects youth, prevents harm, and ensures that Ontario’s roads remain safe.

According to the report by the CBC, today’s announcement will include pot sales restrictions to those 19 and older, and that illegal shops would be shut down within the next year.

Meanwhile, the Toronto Star reports that Ontario plans on entering the marijuana market by restricting sales to 150 LCBO-run stores. According to the Star, there will be 80 LCBO weed stores in Ontario by July 1, 2019 and an additional 70 by 2020.

In April 2017, the federal government introduced the Cannabis Act. If passed, the Act will legalize and regulate marijuana across the country by July 2018. However, the plan is calling on provinces and territories to create a framework in order to regulate distribution, sale, and consumption of cannabis.

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