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Ontario Opening Cannabis Retail Market: Province Finally Helping Build Safe and Convenient Retail System to Combat Illegal Market

News Release Ontario Opening Cannabis Retail Market

Article by Ministry of the Attorney General The Government of Ontario is taking steps to move to an open market for retail cannabis stores beginning in January 2020. This will provide consumers with more choice and convenience and a safe, reliable supply of cannabis. “In response to the federal government’s decision to legalize cannabis, our government is determined to open ...

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Ontario to Dramatically Expand Cannabis Retail Market and Remove Cap on Number of Pot Shops

TORONTO | NEWS Ontario to dramatically expand cannabis retail market and remove cap on number of pot shops Phil Tsekouras Phil Tsekouras Multi-Platform Writer, CTV News Toronto

Article by Phil Tsekouras, CTV News The Ontario government has announced steps to allow more cannabis retail stores to open in January. In a news release issued Thursday, Attorney General Doug Downey said that opening the cannabis market in Ontario as “responsibly” as possible has always been the government’s “number one priority.” “We have said all along that opening more legal ...

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Ontario to Open Up Cannabis Retail System Starting in January

Ontario to open up cannabis retail system starting in January After fiasco of lottery system that angered prospective retailers, province clears way to remove cap on number of private cannabis stores The Ontario cannabis business has seen frustrations with getting off the ground after legalization.Cole Burston / Bloomberg Vanmala Subramaniam

Article by Vanmala Subramaniam, Financial Post The government of Ontario has announced it will abandon the current lottery system for cannabis retail and move towards an open licensing system beginning January 2020 that will see the removal of a cap on the number of private cannabis stores across the province. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), the provincial ...

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Toronto’s Newest Cannabis Store Touts Deep Connection to Greektown

CULTURE Toronto’s newest cannabis store touts deep connection to Greektown "I took great care and attention to build a store that fits with the existing culture.” By David Yasvinski “I grew up in the Danforth area, so I have a deep connection to the neighbourhood.” Don MacKinnon/AFP/Getty Images files

Article by David Yasvinski, Growth Op A new cannabis store is coming to Toronto’s Greektown and it’s doing everything it can to fit in. CANVAS, owned by local resident Helene Vassos, is trying to set itself apart from the competition by offering customers in the upscale neighbourhood a “boutique cannabis experience” that focuses on the customer. “We wanted to create ...

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A Handy Guide To Incorporating Cannabis Into Your Holiday Parties

CANNABISA handy guide to incorporating cannabis into your holiday parties Brought to you by Blissed Plus, a few of our favourite festively infused recipes Photo: Andrew Hiorth – MOSAIC Productions

Article by Toronto Life Now that cannabis can be legitimately enjoyed during holiday festivities, Toronto hosts are finding creative ways to let bud shine. They’re infusing CBD into delicious cocktails, doling out pre-rolls as party favours and letting guests consume as they like (so no one has to sneak out around the block for a pre-dinner joint). Since cannabis is ...

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Ontario Considers Getting Rid Of The Lottery System Because Everyone Hates It

NEWS Ontario considers getting rid of the lottery system because everyone hates it Despite attempts via multiple lotteries to have a total of 75 stores open in 2019, the province only has 24 stores in operation By Emma Spears Ontario sold over $216 million worth of cannabis products from October 2018 to October 2019. But the number of retail stores don’t compare to those in other provinces. Michel COMTE / AFP)MICHEL COMTE/AFP/Getty Images

Article by Emma Spears, Growth Op The province of Ontario is considering amending or abolishing the randomized retail lottery system that is currently in place to select licensed pot shops. Only 24 outlets opened over the course of the first year of federal legalization, which came into force in October 2018. Consumers and industry workers alike (not to mention First Nations) have long criticized the Ford government’s ...

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Ontario Sold the Most Cannabis in First Year of Legalization, Despite Low Store Count

CANNABIS BUSINESS Ontario sold the most cannabis in first year of legalization, despite low store count Sales account for quarter of national market By Vanmala Subramaniam The Canadian cannabis industry has, for the most part, struggled to meet expectations from both investors and consumers, with price, quality and accessibility being the key reasons why the sector did not take off at a rate many had hoped it would. Pablo Porciuncula Brune/AFP/Getty Images

Article by Vanmala Subramaniam, Growth Op Cannabis retailers in Ontario sold the most cannabis of any province in the first year following legalization, even though there was only one online store and 24 brick-and-mortar stores in operation for most of that period, according to new Statistics Canada data. Ontario accounted for $217 million in recreational cannabis sales — or 24 ...

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Canadians Spent $908M at Cannabis Stores Since Legalization, StatCan Says

A man smokes a marijuana joint during the annual 4/20 marijuana celebration on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, April 20, 2018. Statistics Canada says Canadians spent $908 million on non-medical cannabis since legalization and much of the population lives relatively close to a cannabis store. BUSINESS Canadians spent $908M at cannabis stores since legalization, StatCan says

Article by Toronto Star Canadians spent about $908 million on non-medical cannabis in the first year since legalization, but online sales dropped as more brick-and-mortar locations opened, said Statistics Canada. Canadians spent $907,833,000 on non-medical cannabis between October 2018 and September 2019, the agency said, which works out to $24 per capita. Canada legalized cannabis on Oct. 17, 2018, becoming ...

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In 2020, I’m Dreaming of Cannabis Lounges: Sarah Hanlon

CULTURE In 2020, I'm dreaming of cannabis lounges: Sarah Hanlon Is legalization what you imagined it to be? Because lounges — where activism and cannabis culture were fostered — are either closing or at risk of closing By Sarah Hanlon, POT CULTURE At San Francisco's Barbary Collective, you can buy your weed — and then actually consume it in-house! Imagine that. Photo: Barbary Collective Provincial smoking laws impact the viability of consumption lounges. Photo: aitcheyedigital/Getty Images Cannabis lounge culture originated in Amsterdam in the 70s. Photo: Bachrach44/Wikimedia Commons

Article by Sarah Hanlon, POT CULTURE At San Francisco’s Barbary Coast Collective, visitors can buy flower, concentrates, edibles, topicals, and vape oil cartridges. Then, they can rent cool accessories they’ve always wanted to try or can’t afford to buy. And then they can sit back and relax, charge their phone, watch TV, hang out with some friends — and get ...

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Nearly 3,300 Illegal Cannabis Plants Seized From Former School in Cramahe Township: OPP

CRIME Nearly 3,300 illegal cannabis plants seized from former school in Cramahe Township: OPP BY GREG DAVIS GLOBAL NEWS Nearly 3,300 cannabis plants were seized in Cramahe Township on Tuesday.

Article by Greg Davis, Global News Three people face drug charges after OPP seized nearly 3,300 illegal cannabis plants from a former school in Cramahe Township on Tuesday. Officers executed a search warrant at the former South Cramahe Public School at the intersection of Little Lake Road and Purdy Road east of the town of Colborne. Inside the building, officers ...

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