Ontario begins consultation on private retail cannabis model
The recently elected provincial government in Ontario, Canada’s largest province, will allow cannabis to be sold online and through private retailers. The former government had established a policy of selling only through government owned and operated outlets.
This means residents of Ontario 19 and older will be able to purchase cannabis through the Ontario Cannabis Store website. The government will immediately begin consultation to bring in a tightly regulated private retail model on April 1, 2019. Municipalities will have a one-time opportunity to opt out of allowing physical cannabis stores within municipal boundaries. Government officials had harsh words for those who do not follow the regulations. Any dispensaries buying cannabis from illicit sources or selling to minors will lose their license. Underground growers were told to stop.
New traffic regulations and penalties for drug-impaired driving in Ontario begin October 17, 2018. Also cannabis will only be allowed to be consumed in a private residence. People may grow up to four plants at a residence and carry up to 30 grams of dried cannabis in public.
Ontario has not yet reported purchase agreements with Canadian licensed producers.