With 10 Weeks to Go Till Legalization, Ontario Doesn’t Appear to Have Ordered Any Pot

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With 10 weeks to go till legalization, Ontario doesn’t appear to have ordered any pot By Patrick Cain Cannabis plants grow in a greenhouse at the CannTrust Holding Inc. Niagara Perpetual Harvest facility in Pelham, Ont., on July 11, 2018.

With 10 weeks to go until marijuana legalization, Global News cannot find any evidence that any cannabis has been ordered for Ontario consumers.

A survey of news releases for investors issued by five major licenced producers (LPs) going back to last year shows contracts large and small with most provinces, but not Ontario.

On July 5, for example, four LPs announced supply contracts with Alberta for that province’s first six months of legalization. Canopy Growth will supply 15,000 kilograms, Aurora 25,000 kilograms, Aphira 870 kilograms and Medreleaf an unspecified quantity.

LPs often announce large supply deals with provinces and territories — QuebecBritish ColumbiaYukonManitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador and PEI.

Prominent by its absence, though, is Canada’s most populous province.

As the clock ticks toward legalization, it’s not clear what Ontario’s plans for selling cannabis are. Globe and Mail story in late July asserted that the PCs would bring in government-operated online sales and let the private sector run bricks-and-mortar stores. It’s not clear whether these stores would co-exist with public-sector stores or replace them.

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