FORD GOV'T INTRODUCES BILL TO REGULATE RECREATIONAL POT
Sep 27, 2018
By Bob Komsic
The province has introduced legislation governing the licensing and regulation of Ontario’s private cannabis retail market.
The Ford government says the bill would allow those over 19 to smoke recreational pot wherever the smoking of tobacco’s allowed, loosening rules put in place by the previous government.
Under the legislation, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario would be the regulator and have the power to grant and potentially revoke licences, as well as enforce provincial rules on cannabis sales.
Anyone looking to open a pot shop would have to apply for both a retail-operator licence and a retail store authorization for each potential location.
This bill would also create an agency called the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corp. to handle online sales with a private retail model scheduled to be in place by April 2019.
The agency would also be the wholesaler to private stores.