Article by Emma Spears, Daily Hive
What is in store for the future of Ontario’s cannabis distribution? More questions than answers abound, as the former government’s plan faces uncertainty and the media faces a wall of silence from the current regime.
Private retailers are salivating over the prospect of Ontario sales, the government is wiping names off public websites, and despite being within three months of legalization, no one seems to know what’s going on – and those who do aren’t talking.
Here’s the evolution of Ontario’s cannabis distribution plan.
The Liberals intended to open 40 stores throughout Ontario this year, and a total of 150 by the year 2020. The Ontario Cannabis Stores (OCS), like the LCBO, were to be staffed by workers from the Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union (OPSEU), who were expected to be specially trained in cannabis dispensation for “110 to 150 hours” by their employer.
Private retail sales were banned throughout the province.
The OCS logo was released, with some controversy regarding its CAD$650,000 price tag.
Ford commented during his election campaign that he was open to considering allowing private retail sales of cannabis.
In April, OCS announced four locations in Kingston, Guelph, Toronto, and Thunder Bay (it has yet to announce any since then). Nancy Kennedy was publicly declared OCS president the same day.