Cannabis Stores in Ontario No Longer Deemed Essential, Will Close This Weekend

Article by Kayla Goodfield, CTV News Toronto

TORONTO | News Cannabis stores in Ontario no longer deemed essential, will close this weekend Kayla Goodfield Kayla Goodfield Multi-Platform Writer, CTV News Toronto Cannabis on display is seen during a media tour of a cannabis store in Kingston, Ont., Sunday, March 31, 2019. Lars Hagberg

Cannabis stores across Ontario will have to close as of Saturday night after the provincial government removed them from their list of essential businesses.

Many non-essential businesses in the province have been closed under government order since March 24, but cannabis and liquor stores have remained open.

At the time the initial list of what would remain open and what would have to close during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said mental health and addiction experts voiced that is was “absolutely critical” to keep these stores open.

“There are people out there with addictions and we’re here to support them,” he said.

However, the provincial government released a revised list of essential businesses on Friday, stating that those no longer classified as essential must close by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday.

Beer and wine and liquor stores continue to be deemed essential and will therefore remain open, but Ontarians looking to purchase legal recreational cannabis come Sunday will only have the online Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS).

Read the full article here.

About Dankr NewsBot

Beep Boop. I'm just a bot who brings you the dankest news in the biz

Leave a Reply

Powered by Dragonballsuper Youtube Download animeshow