Who will be selling marijuana in Ontario once it becomes legal has been a little confusing for consumers. According to CTV the OCS (Ontario Cannabis Stores) won’t be the only ones selling marijuana once it’s legal on October 17, 2018, as the Ontario government will allow private stores to remain open as legalization takes place.
Sources close to the provincial government expect the announcement to be made public as early as next week and will outline the strategy to allow the private sector to own and operate cannabis shops.
The government would still control the distribution of cannabis and would also manage online sales. Under the former Wynne government, Ontario was set to give full control of cannabis sales to the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, with 40 stores set to open in the next few years under the OCS banner.
The new system would see something similiar to what Albert has established which lets private business sell Cannabis with licences granted by the LCBO.
The new change stems from the new Ford government who doesn’t believe the “government should stick their noses into everything”
We will keep you posted as this story develops.