Just days after the Ontario government ordered retail cannabis stores to close due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, officials have now ruled that eligible stores will be temporarily allowed to offer curbside pickup and delivery.
The order will last for 14 days, with the possibility of an extension if the government’s Emergency Order on business closures is extended.
Cannabis stores are temporarily allowed to resume service, through curbside pickups and delivery only, under an emergency order passe by the province on Tuesday. https://t.co/BnAVOu41jJ
— CBC Toronto (@CBCToronto) April 7, 2020
Authorized cannabis stores will be permitted to sell, deliver, and offer curbside pick-up of cannabis and other items from Monday to Sunday, between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. The maximum purchase amount of 30 grams of dried cannabis (or equivalent) per transaction remains in place.
The move to allow stores to reopen for pickup and delivery comes after reports surfaced that the black market was flourishing in the absence of licensed retailers.
“We’ve been working closely with the Government of Ontario on ways to support cannabis retail store operators and legal recreational cannabis consumers since the stores were ordered to close following a provincial order declaring a state of emergency,” Jean Major, registrar and CEO of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario said in a release.
“This new measure helps address consumer demand and maintain a revenue stream for store operators while supporting the government’s broader objectives.”
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