Recreational marijuana is coming to all of Canada next year and there has been a great deal uncertainty about how laws will be implemented. Ontario Canada is the only province to put forth a framework so far on how recreational marijuana laws will be implemented. It is no surprise that they are refusing to allow any public use at all of marijuana. Another major rule is that any institution that is operating illegally, without proper licensing or registration, will be closed down.
The Ontario government has announced a framework to manage the sale and use of marijuana, which includes an online ordering service and roughly 150 stand-alone stores.
The plan revealed Friday morning includes several key components:
Attorney General Yasir Naqvi, Finance Minister Charles Sousa and Health Minister Eric Hoskins unveiled the plan, which makes Ontario the first province or territory in Canada to publicly announce a comprehensive framework.
The plan means the LCBO will oversee the legal retailing of cannabis across the province through the new stand-alone stores and an online ordering service — meaning cannabis and alcohol will not be sold alongside each other.
It also stipulates the use of recreational cannabis will be prohibited in public places, cars and workplaces, and will only be allowed in private residences.
It will also be prohibited for anyone under the age of 19, giving police the power to confiscate small amounts of pot from young people.
The plan means that illegal pot shops in Ontario will be shut down, with the province pursuing a co-ordinated strategy with local police forces, the OPP and the federal government. (Travis Golby/CBC)
A main goal of the plan will be “stopping the sale of illegal, unregulated and unsafe cannabis,” Naqvi said at Friday’s news conference.
The plan means that illegal pot shops in Ontario will be shut down, with the province pursuing a co-ordinated strategy with local police forces, the OPP and the federal government.
“If you operate one of these facilities, consider yourself on notice,” Naqvi said.
When it comes to retail and distribution, the province fleshed out the strategy, which will include the storefronts and online ordering.
“Trained and knowledgeable staff will sell products in a safe and socially responsible manner to restrict access for minors and give consumers the information they need,” reads a statement from the Ministry of Finance.
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