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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:15 am    Post subject: Ontario to create a Cannabis Control Board Reply with quote

( 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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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, ho, ho, ho ... how funny!

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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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( were finding out more about what the Ontario liberals plans are for marijuana , mostly it seems focused on shutting down the competition so they can sell it in there own stores )

$250,000 fines, jail time for illegal Ontario dispensaries after new marijuana legislation comes in

Allison Jones


The Canadian Press

14 hours ago

November 1, 2017

Businesses that illegally sell recreational marijuana after the government of Ontario sets up its own shops could be fined up to $1-million under legislation tabled Wednesday.

One of the main aspects of the proposed law, which would take effect once the federal government makes the drug legal in July 2018, is to crack down on the array of illegal dispensaries, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said.

"We are going to work very hard towards that," he said. "We have put very strict penalties in that regards....We feel very comfortable that the regime that we will put in place will be a significant deterrent for these illegal businesses."

The bill also contains new penalties for people that are convicted of illegally selling or distributing cannabis, including fines of up to $250,000 and/or jail of up to two years less a day.

For every day those people or businesses continue to sell marijuana after being convicted the first time, they will be subject to further fines of up to $100,000 and $500,000, respectively.

The law would also allow police to immediately close premises they suspect are being used for the illegal sale or distribution of marijuana.

Ontario was the first province to announce its detailed marijuana plan last month, which includes the sale of the drug in up to 150 stores run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.

They are known in the legislation as the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corp., though Naqvi admitted the name might be jazzed up a little.

"That is the legal name of that company," he said. "There will be branding that we'll do, so that's to come, and sort of a visual logo."

Those stores will only sell to people 19 and older, a minimum age that would also apply to possession, home growing and use of marijuana.

People under 19 caught using, growing or possessing weed could be fined up to $200, or a court could refer them instead to an educational or prevention program.

"I want to be very clear that there will be no criminal record, it's under a provincial offence...our purpose is not to punish our youth but to educate our youth," he said.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said ahead of the bill's introduction that an important part of the Liberal government's plan is shutting down the current dispensaries.

"I think that there needs to be a regulation of cannabis and we have a history in this province of regulation of alcohol and I think that doing this in a safe, responsible way means that we put some parameters around the distribution of this substance," she said.

"As resources are identified to deal with enforcement and education we recognize that municipalities need to have a substantial share of that because they are actually on the ground going to be doing enforcement."

Some Ontario municipalities have expressed concern that they will have to foot the enforcement bills for shutting down marijuana dispensaries.

Toronto Mayor John Tory said Wednesday he is "looking forward" to getting money to help with that, because it's about the rule of law.

"These shops, to the best of my knowledge, are illegal, have always been illegal, will continue to be illegal and are not contemplated as being part of the regime going forward," he said.

"We want to be able to keep children and families and neighbourhoods and schools and retail strips safe and stable and that we need to be able to do that so it isn't kind of a Wild West environment where people can just go out and set up any kind of a shop they want. I don't think anybody really supports that except perhaps the people that are operating the shops."

The bill also includes a ban on consumption in public spaces or workplaces. But medicinal marijuana will be regulated differently, banned only where tobacco smoking is currently prohibited, such as enclosed public places.

The government has been coy on potential pricing, saying decisions will be made after more details come from the federal government, but that the aim is stay away from overly expensive prices that fuel illegal sales.

"This actually isn't about money, from my perspective," Wynne said. "This is about making sure that a substance that needs to be regulated is regulated in a safe and responsible way."

Municipalities in Ontario will find out in the coming weeks where the government wants to locate the first batch of cannabis stores, but the finance minister has said none will be near schools.

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