As Legalization Nears, Ontario’s Marijuana Retailer Halts ‘Non-Critical’ Hiring

Article by Patrick Cain, Global News

As legalization nears, Ontario’s marijuana retailer halts ‘non-critical’ hiring By Patrick Cain National Online Journalist, News Global News. This Toronto storefront was identified as an Ontario Cannabis Store location back in April, but there's been little progress since then. PATRICK CAIN/GLOBAL NEWS

This afternoon, the federal Liberals announced the date when legal cannabis stores can open across Canada: October 17.

Across the country, this sets the clock ticking as officials figure out how, and where, to sell residents respectable, legal, taxed pot.

However, earlier this week, Ontario premier-elect Doug Ford announced a public-sector hiring freeze, which would continue until a “line by line” audit of the province’s books was complete.

The timing is potentially awkward. Outgoing Liberal premier Kathleen Wynneannounced back in the fall of 2017 that pot would be sold through a government monopoly, like the province’s liquor stores.

Does the freeze apply to the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation, a marijuana subsidiary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario? Yes and no, it turns out.

Read the full article here.

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