Ontario Government Proposes Doubling Number of Marijuana Stores

The Ontario government is proposing a doubling of the number of marijuana stores allowed in the province.

“To respond to the growth of the legal cannabis retail market and combat illegal cannabis stores, the province is making amendments to Ontario Regulation 468/18 under the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018 to increase the number of stores that licensed retail operators and their affiliates can operate from 75 to 150″, states a news release.

In addition, “the government is proposing to explore different enforcement options against illegal online cannabis sales”, and they are seeking legislative changes “that would support negotiations with First Nations communities on the regulation of cannabis on reserves.”

The government is also seeking to “Ban the cultivation of recreational cannabis in homes that offer childcare services through proposed changes to the Cannabis Control Act, 2017.”

In Canada there was CA$444 million in legal marijuana sold in September. Ontario was by far the top jurisdiction in terms of sales at $175 million.

Canada legalized marijuana in 2018 via the legislative process. Under the law those 18 and older can purchase and possess up to 30 grams of marijuana and up to 10 grams of marijuana concentrates, and they can cultivate up to four marijuana plants for personal use.

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