Article by Robert Benzie, The Toronto Star
The province’s new marijuana monopoly will be known as the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation.
Attorney General Yasir Naqvi launched the OCRC — a subsidiary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario — in sweeping legislation Wednesday at Queen’s Park that takes effect when Ottawa legalizes recreational weed next July 1.
“That is the legal name of that company. There will be branding that we’ll do … a visual logo, etc. that we will announce in the future,” said Naqvi, noting OCRC-run retail shops will sell bongs, rolling papers, and other paraphernalia.
“It will be most likely called something else other than Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation,” he said of the standalone shops, the first 40 of which will open next summer, jumping to 150 province wide in 2020.
Edible marijuana products will not be sold until the federal government begins regulating them, which could be years away.
The OCRC will also control all online sales and the government’s legislation imposes measures to permanently shut down illegal “dispensaries” now operating, include forced closures as soon as charges have been laid.
While police have raided the storefront shops across Ontario, they often reopen while their cases are going through the courts.
“These pot stores that we see in our neighbourhoods today are illegal. They will remain illegal — only the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation could sell cannabis for recreational purposes,” said Naqvi.