Please Sell Responsibly: Ontario Launches Cannabis Retail Training

Article by Joseph Hall, Toronto Star

Please sell responsibly: Ontario launches cannabis retail training By JOSEPH HALL A grow room at Canopy Growth’s Tweed facility in Smiths Falls, Ont. For retail workers, a program has been set up in advance of the first stores, coming April 1. (SEAN KILPATRICK)

It will take four hours of online training before employees can step behind the counter of a pot shop in this province.

That’s the average length of time a mandatory course known as CannSell will take prospective workers in Ontario’s forthcoming cannabis stores to complete, its builders say.

Created by the cannabis resource company Lift & Co. and MADD Canada, the program was announced this week by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario as the sole certification program for all store employees.

“By law everyone that touches cannabis (in) retail essentially has to have this course,” said Lift and Co. head Matei Olaru.

“CannSell is meant to educate cannabis retail employees on the responsible sale of cannabis and their legal and regulatory obligations,” Olaru said.

The $49.99 (plus tax) course will be offered starting Feb. 25 and will have to graduate its first class in time for the scheduled April 1 opening of Ontario’s 25 initial brick-and-mortar shops.

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