At the Happy Dayz smoke shop in downtown Richmond Hill, a pair of customers browse shelves and glass cases stocked with pipes, rolling papers, scales and bongs.
But despite the hundreds of cannabis accessories and extensive marijuana imagery covering the walls, there’s no actual weed on sale at the store. Customers say they’d like to see that change soon.
“It’ll be easier; it’ll be more beneficial,” said Val Costa, who stopped by on a quiet weekday afternoon. “There are a lot of people who smoke it that you might not even know.”
With the legalization of recreational marijuana arriving on Oct. 17, Happy Dayz management is hoping to expand its smoke shops to include cannabis sales once private retailers are authorized to open on April 1, 2019.
That decision reversed the previous Liberal government approach, which would have allowed cannabis to be sold only through the LCBO-controlled Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS). The OCS will maintain exclusive rights over Ontario’s online cannabis market, though it will not have physical locations.