In just a few weeks people in Ontario will be able to legally buy marijuana for the first time and we’re learning more now about exactly how the new system will work.The Ontario Cannabis Store announced Monday the names of 26 licensed producers for its online retail platform, the province’s only online retailer for recreational pot this fall.
Jay Rosenthal, co-founder and president of Business of Cannabis, a research and analysis group, spoke with the CBC’s Conrad Collaco about what people in the province can expect when the online doors finally open on Oct. 17. You can read an abridged and edited version of the interview below or listen to the full audio interview by hitting the play button above.
Jay Rosenthal, co-founder and president of Business of Cannabis
Which companies made the list? Who are the big players?
A lot of the big players made the list — the Aurora’s of the world, the Canopy’s of the world, the Aphria’s, the CannTrusts, — some of the bigger companies that we’ve known over the last year or couple of years have made the list. Some smaller companies made the list which I think is quite exciting. There’s one in Hamilton. Beleave made the list. It’s great for them but best for consumers because they will have a lot of choice when the site launches October 17.
Were there any suppliers included on the list that surprised you?
It’s more about the overall number that was included. We’ve seen in other provinces that have signed supply deals with licensed producers that the numbers are relatively small. I think the Ontario Cannabis Store said ‘We don’t want to have some of the challenges we think other provinces are going to have.’ We want to have steady supply. We want to have variety and we want to have it from the get go so they came up with a list of 26 which is a relatively large number to supply their store in October. They want to ensure supply and variety for consumers.