Ontario Residents Will Only Be Able to Purchase Cannabis Online Once Legalized on October 17

Retail stores coming in 2019

Like Built to Spill sings on the opening track of their 1999 album Keep It Like a Secret, “The plan keeps coming up again…And the plan mean nothing stays the same.” The Ontario government has announced new plans for cannabis legalization for October 17.

The government announced that sales will on be available through a online retail store before their “private retail model” is launched in 2019.

“We will be ready to put in place a safe, legal system for cannabis retail that will protect consumers,” Attorney General Caroline Mulroney said in a news release issued on Monday afternoon. “We will also be ready to undermine the illegal market and protect Ontario’s roads.”

“Most importantly of all, we will be ready to protect our kids.”

Under the previous Liberal provincial government, plans called for LCBO-run stores to sell cannabis. Premier Doug Ford’s government was rumoured to be moving towards privatized sales rather than the LCBO stores.

So, in short, don’t break up with your dealer just yet. Unless you want the government keeping tabs on your purchasing habits.