The government of Ontario is considering cannabis lounges and cafes as it makes its move toward a potential open cannabis market, according to CityNews.
The Ontario government said today it is collecting feedback to explore future policies that could result in a more open cannabis market, such as consuming cannabis in lounges, outdoor festivals or concerts. My latest on @BNNBloomberg: https://t.co/XUTl2IFWV9
— David George-Cosh (@itsdgc) February 10, 2020
Not only is the government consulting about the possibility of “consumption venues,” but it is also considering special occasion permits for future outdoor festivals and concerts. The Progressive Conservative government has announced that its ultimate goal is an open market, but due to a supply shortage, it was forced to open with a limited lottery for retail licences.
The latest consultation is reportedly to look at potential decisions about a future open market, and no changes to the current market are expected at this time.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has revealed that it’s received over 700 applications for retail operator licences.