Article by Windsor Star
While it has been weeks since the federal government legalized cannabis, thousands of Ontarians are feeling left in the dust. Many first-day customers who placed orders on Oct. 17 have still not received their shipments yet.
This boondoggle came about as a result of many different contributing factors: over 100,000 orders in less than 24 hours, insufficient stocking of products leading up to legalization, and the choice to distribute through Canada Post.
The biggest contributing factor, however, remains that the Ontario Cannabis Store stands as the only provincially licensed distributor of recreational cannabis in Ontario.
With many Ontarians losing faith that they will ever receive their order, the province risks losing their customer base to illegal activity once again. Cannabis legalization was supposed to help eliminate this market for a more favourable, harm-reducing, youth safety-centred approach.
Far be it for me to be a political commentator, but legalization in Ontario has not gone well, and I fear this will cause many municipal councils to shy away from allowing recreational retail stores once they are legalized in April. This means that we will lose out on millions of dollars both provincially and federally from taxation.