Article by Mike O, Cannabis Life Network
Congratulations Ontario! It took awhile, but finally, common sense prevailed as the province announced it is completely scrapping the government’s planned monopoly on recreational cannabis in favour of private retail outlets – and all it took was for the Ontario Liberals to get completely annihilated in June’s election!
With the Progressive Conservatives in power, leader Doug Ford is letting his belief in the free market take over cannabis retail and the government will now only be running online sales- but it’s not all good news.
With the switch from physical Ontario Cannabis Stores to privately-owned retail locations, the opening of brick-and-mortar stores has been further delayed until at least April 2019, meaning that Ontarians have zero options for in-store purchases- they MUST buy their cannabis online or else they’re breaking the law.
Because, as cannabis lawyer Harrison Jordan told CBC News: The National:
“There’s an offence federally against possessing illicit cannabis, so it’s certainly possible individuals could be charged for possessing cannabis if they buy it from a street dealer.”
But that only brings up questions, like “How can authorities prove where you bought the cannabis?” and “What if you grew the cannabis yourself since Canadians are allowed to grow up to 4 plants?”.