The province of Ontario will lean on the LCBO to run up to 150 retail cannabis stores by 2020. The substance is expected to be legalized by July 1, 2018.
Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government has tasked the liquor control board to over see sales and distribution, although it will be in locations separate from its liquor stores. Like alcohol, the legal age for cannabis purchase in Ontario will be 19.
Plans unveiled Friday call for up to 80 stores to be up and running within the first year of legalization. Marijuana will also be available for purchase online through a government-run website.
Existing marijuana dispensaries in Toronto and across the province will be shuttered as the province moves towards its legalization deadline of July 1, 2018.