Ontario’s new government monopoly over recreational marijuana kicks into gear later in the year and will put them as the largest and most powerful cannabis dealer in the world.
Here are some interesting points:
1. Ontario is about to become the biggest marijuana dealer in Canada. That's because Canada’s most powerful provincial government will enjoy control over ALL retail sales.
2. The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation—a subsidiary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO)—will operate 40 stand-alone marijuana shops at first, with plans to increase that number to 150 outlets by 2020.
The publicly owned weed stores will sell accessories and marijuana paraphernalia, such as rolling papers, bongs, one-tokers and other longtime head-shop staples.
3. The Ontario government will also control online sales so that everyone in the province, no matter where they live, has access to recreational cannabis through the monopoly.
4. Any remaining “dispensaries” still operating illegally in Toronto and other cities will be legislated out of business and slapped with steep fines if caught operating after Ontario debuts its model. No one outshines Queen's Park, ya hear?
Those who disobey will be fined up to $1 million and received jail terms of up to two years less a day.
The Ontario government is set to make a buck or two, but the new cannabis regimen will be “revenue-neutral.” Meaning, revenue from marijuana sales will be soaked up by the need for additional funding to police and municipalities as well as creating education campaigns. Posted: Sunday, January 28th, 5:09pm a year ago
Written By: Parker Wallace
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