Pot … Or Not? Small Provinces Much More Prepared For Day 1 Of Legalization

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Pot … or not? Small provinces much more prepared for Day 1 of legalization By Patrick Cain National Online Journalist, News Global News


In theory a plaza in Scarborough, Ont. is soon going to be home to a legal marijuana store. It’s the only Ontario Cannabis Store location so far announced in the whole of the Greater Toronto Area, home to over six million people.

But it’s a little hard to find. Eventually we narrowed it down to the plaza’s only vacant storefront, a failed dollar store between the FreshCo and a Rogers store.

In Ottawa, the federal Liberals are determined to legalize marijuana before Parliament goes on its summer break. It could happen as early as next week, after MPs, exhausted from a 24-hour filibuster, come back to the Commons Monday morning. After that happens, legal marijuana retail could be a reality in as little as eight weeks.

In theory.

But none of the sense of urgency on Parliament Hill had filtered down to Unit 20A, 2480 Gerrard Street East, on the sleepy afternoon when we visited.

The windows are papered over, and there’s still a FOR LEASE sign and a fading eviction notice for the previous tenant in the window, taped there when bailiffs changed the locks last November. When we peered through a rip in the paper, the store was dark and silent.

Has there been any renovation work going on? A woman in a FreshCo shirt on a smoke break snorts.

“I haven’t seen anything.”

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