Article by Antonella Artuso, Toronto Sun
The Ontario government expects 500 to 1,000 private cannabis stores will open across the province after legalization, with no set limits on how many can be located in one neighbourhood or even on one street.
The Doug Ford government has rejected the previous government’s plan to limit the provincewide number to 150 LCBO-operated stores.
The Conservatives have also decided not to follow the Kathleen Wynne government’s lead to ban cannabis smoking and vaping in public, instead allowing it anywhere tobacco and e-cigarettes can be legally used — including sidewalks.
The Justin Trudeau government is legalizing recreational cannabis as of Oct. 17.
In Ontario, weed will initially be available for purchase via a province-run online delivery service, with brick-and-mortar retail stores permitted to open after April 1.
The provincial Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act was introduced Thursday, both to amend the Smoke-Free Ontario Act to include cannabis, and to create a framework for the issuing of licences to operate cannabis retail stores.