Ontario Now Accepting Applications For Retail Cannabis Licence Lottery

Article by Shawn Jeffords, CTV News

Ontario now accepting applications for retail cannabis licence lottery Different strains of medical marijuana sit on the shelf at a dispensary in Vancouver, March 5, 2014.

Ontario kicked off its application process Monday for the first 25 cannabis retail licences in the province, with the results of a lottery expected later this week.

The government said the firm cap on the number of stores that will open this spring was needed due to what it called serious cannabis supply issues that had to be addressed by the federal government.

“We know that putting out 25 stores, which is the amount of cannabis that we can guarantee receiving, is the right way to go,” said Finance Minister Vic Fedeli. “This is only temporary. Once the federal government can guarantee a better supply then we know we’ll begin to issue more licences as we go along.”

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