Previously, Ontarians were limited to purchasing cannabis online from the provincially-run Ontario Cannabis Store, which requires a credit card, or in-person from an unlicensed retailer.
When newly-licensed retail locations opened this past April, legal cannabis sales in the province ballooned to twice the previous rate — with adult-use (non-medical) cannabis products raking in more than $19 million by the end of the month, versus roughly $7.5 million the previous two months.
The success comes despite the fact that Ontario has capped the number of retail licences to 25 for the time being, and that the openings of many locations were plagued by delays.
Then-Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli wrote in an opinion piece earlier this year that the province was open to raising the licence cap once supply shortages were rectified.
“We remain committed to moving to an open allocation of licences once we have certainty surrounding the federally regulated cannabis supply,” Fedeli said in the Toronto Sun feature. “At that point, all regions of the province will have access to as many retail store authorizations as market demand supports.”