Ontario government unveils regulations for retail cannabis stores

Retail stores will open for April 1, 2019

Ontario residents will have to continue purchasing cannabis products online via the Ontario Cannabis Store for several more months, but we now have more information on how retail storefronts will operate when they open in April.

The Ontario government released regulations for privatized cannabis retail stores on Wednesday night. The standalone stores will be allowed to operate between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m., and storefronts will be required to be at least 150 metres away from schools. Cannabis shops will bar entry to anyone under the age of 19. That ought to show those meddling kids!

Prospective shop owners can apply for a license to operate a store beginning on December 17. The process will be open to those who previously ran illegal dispensaries, although they will have to have been shut down prior to Canada’s October 17 legalization day.

Anyone who has an association with a criminal organization will not be able to apply for a license.

β€œThe purpose of these regulations is to keep kids safe and to ensure all people operating in this tightly-regulated retail system behave with integrity, honesty, and in the public interest,” Attorney General Caroline Mulroney said in a statement.

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