Ontario to Announce Cannabis Control Board, Open Up to 60 Storefronts

Province to shut down existing illegal marijuana dispensaries

The Ontario government is set to announce plans Friday to create a cannabis control board, similar to the LCBO, to undertake the distribution of legalized marijuana. They will also unveil plans to open 30-to-60 storefronts across the province, CBC reports.

The new storefronts will be separate from the LCBO, although Ontario plans to sell marijuana in as many as 150 stores run by the province’s liquor control board. The standalone stores will only open in willing municipalities. Sales will also be limited to individuals over the age of 19.

Earlier this year, federal plans were announced that would legalize the sale of marijuana by July 1, 2018. Plans for managing the sale and distribution of the products was left to the provinces.

As for the remaining unlicensed marijuana dispensaries in Toronto and in parts of Ontario, the province intends to have those businesses shut down within the next year.