Is Ontario Planning a Mix of Public, Private Retail Cannabis Stores?

Article by Patrick Cain, Global News

Is Ontario planning a mix of public, private retail cannabis stores? By Patrick Cain National Online Journalist, News Global News A woman walks into a marijuana dispensary on Granville Street on June 20, 2018, in Vancouver.

Hiring is proceeding as planned for a rollout of 40 public-sector Ontario cannabis stores, according to a document shown to Global News.

The government-owned Ontario Cannabis Store told the personnel agency Randstad to keep hiring for cannabis retail positions in government stores after a story appeared in the Globe and Mail last Thursday, saying that Ontario had opted to let the private sector sell marijuana, the document shows.

Randstad has been contracted to hire retail workers for cannabis stores in 27 different Ontario communities.

Randstad did not respond to repeated requests for comment. The Ontario Cannabis Store forwarded questions to the province’s finance ministry, which would not comment about the government’s plans for cannabis retail.

Ontario’s PC government hasn’t made a formal announcement about its plans for marijuana sales, though the facts in the Globe story haven’t been publicly disputed.

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