ONTARIO LAYS OUT RULES FOR BRICKS-AND-MORTAR CANNABIS STORES

Nov 14, 2018

By Michael Kramer

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The Ontario government has released regulations – that will guide the startup of private cannabis stores on April 1st.

The stores can be open any day between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. – but they must be at least 150 metres away from schools – and must bar entry to anyone under 19 years old.

And a limit of 75 stores per market operator has been set.

Until April, cannabis can only be legally purchased from the online Ontario Cannabis Store.

Applications for store licences will begin on December 17th – and illegal cannabis retailers who were operating after legalization on October 17th- won’t be eligible to receive cannabis sales licences.

As well, licences won’t be issued to any person or organization who has an association with organized crime – and applicants must demonstrate their tax compliance status – to show they are in good standing with the government.

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