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Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:15 am Post subject: Ontario to create a Cannabis Control Board
( does anyone think this is really necessary , why do we need another government monopoly ? yet alone one that sells pot ? I think the marijuana people have alreay demonstrated that they could do this themselves )
Ontario to create cannabis control board, open up to 60 storefronts, sources say
Illegal pot shops in Ontario to be shut down over next 12 months
By Hannah Thibedeau, Mike Crawley, CBC News Posted: Sep 07, 2017 10:28 PM ET| Last Updated: Sep 07, 2017 11:27 PM ET
The government of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is expected to announce Friday that it will create a cannabis control board and open up to 60 storefronts across the province to sell marijuana.
The Ontario government will announce Friday that it will create a cannabis control board and open up to 60 storefronts to manage the sale and distribution of marijuana in the province, CBC News has learned.
The plans include restricting marijuana sales to those 19 and older, a year above the minimum age recommended by the federal government's cannabis task force report in December.
The 30 to 60 stores selling marijuana to the public will not be housed inside existing LCBO stores as Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne had previously suggested.
Illegal pot shops in Ontario would be shut down over the next 12 months.
In April, legislation was introduced in the House of Commons to legalize and regulate the sale and distribution of marijuana on or before July 1, 2018.
Many of the decisions about how the drug will be sold and taxed are being left to the provinces.
At a premiers meeting in Edmonton in July, the premiers announced they would ask the federal government to postpone legalization if issues related to road safety, taxation, training for distributors and public education are not addressed.
The premiers said they would report back on progress by Nov. 1 and would seek such an extension if the federal timetable was deemed "unrealistic."
"The starting point is, have we met the public safety concerns, are we sure we have the provisions in place to protect youth, do we understand what the highway traffic implications are?" Wynne said at the time. "It's those issues that we have to resolve because we have to keep people safe."
Shortly after the premiers' announcement, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government intends to stick to the July 2018 deadline.
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Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:16 am Post subject:
Ontario to open up 40 to 60 storefronts to sell marijuana once it is legalized
Marijuana is weighed at a medical marijuana dispensary, in Vancouver, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, September 8, 2017 6:16AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, September 8, 2017 6:20AM EDT
TORONTO -- Ontario reportedly plans to open dozens of storefronts across the province to manage the sale and distribution of recreational marijuana after the federal government legalizes its recreational use.
Media reports citing industry and government sources say Ontario's Liberal government will allow the sale of marijuana at 40 to 60 storefronts across the province to be operated by a government-owned entity and also allow online sales.
The sources say more storefronts would be added over time and would not be housed in existing Liquor Control Board of Ontario outlets, an idea that had previously been floated by Premier Kathleen Wynne.
The locations of the stores would be determined after municipalities are consulted.
The federal government plans to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by July 1, 2018 and leave it up to the provinces and territories to oversee distribution and sales.
Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi, Finance Minister Charles Sousa and Health Minister Eric Hoskins are scheduled to reveal the Ontario plan at a news conference Friday morning.
The government is not only going to legalize it, it is going into the business of selling it. Existing pot shoppes will be closed by legal fiat so the Ontario Canibus Control Board will have a monopoly.
And to think ... it used to be a crime, and now the government is in the business.
Didja know that a 24 Molson's will cost you $35 in Ontario, but only $27 in Quebec? Look for the same thing with weed.
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