Marijuana will officially be legalized on October 17, giving provincial governments time to adapt, implement regulations, and set up the necessary operational and sales infrastructure with authorized sellers.
However, this approval came with a number of amendments to the Cannabis Act (Bill-C45). For instance, the Cannabis Act imposes new penalties for running a dispensary: up to $1 million for a corporate owner and $100,000 for an individual and jail sentences of up to two years less a day. In addition, though Bill C-45 will allow people to legally grow up to four marijuana plants each, provinces have the right to ban people from growing them at home. And one change that has vendors disgruntled is the ban from using any marketing logos or brand images.
Provinces across Canada are taking steps forward in getting their retail sales structure set up according to those changes. In Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority issued 51 cannabis retail permits. In British Columbia, the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch will be monitoring and licensing private cannabis store. And Edmonton conducted their random selection on proposed locations of cannabis retail locations and the order in which to accept applications.
Some smaller provinces, like New Brunswick, though, are already ahead of the game with 20 store locations ready, Newfoundland and Labrador are set with 29 private sector locations, and the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation will be the only authorized seller of cannabis in Nova Scotia.
In Ontario, the Ontario Cannabis Store will be operated by a subsidiary of the LCBO and will be the main retailer legally selling recreational cannabis throughout the province. The government announced previously that there are to be 40 retail locations to open for the 2018 summer, 80 locations by 2019, and that there will be 150 stores in total by 2020.
According to OCSCannabisUpdates.com, the Ministry of Finance and LCBO, announced 29 municipalities slated for brick-and-mortar cannabis stores, which include Ajax, Barrie, Belleville, Brampton, Burlington, Cambridge, Hamilton, London, Mississauga, Niagara Falls, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, Sudbury, Waterloo, and Windsor among others.
So far, the first four legal recreational marijuana retail stores of those 29 are scheduled to open in 2018, which will be located in Guelph, Kingston, Toronto and Thunder Bay. If you’re wondering where you can find an Ontario Cannabis Store, we’ve got the locations mapped out for you.
As more locations crop up, we’ll be adding them to the map. If you are looking to become a licensed marijuana producer or have questions about where you stand with regards to the transition from non-government to government sanctioned dispensaries, contact us for a consultation on your questions. We cover the Oakville, Oakville, and Toronto areas.