Source – Ontario is the first province out of the gate with a detailed plan to sell and distribute recreational marijuana when Ottawa legalizes it next summer.
The Liberal government announced Friday that it will sell marijuana in as many as 150 dedicated stores run by the province’s liquor control board. Those looking to purchase marijuana when it becomes legal across the country will be subject to the same age and usage restrictions currently in place for alcohol said Attorney General Yasir Naqvi.
The process of purchasing recreational cannabis will closely mimic the one currently in place at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.
Naqvi said residents 19 or older will be able to purchase marijuana at separate retail outlets or through a website run by the LCBO that should be ready for business by next July.
Consumption of legal weed will not be allowed in public spaces or workplaces and should be confined to private residences, Naqvi said. However, he said the government will explore the possibility of allowing marijuana-licensed establishments in the future.
The province expects to have all the stores operational across the province by 2020, with the first 40 stores opening next summer. Those stores will only sell marijuana and not alcohol.
One of the government’s priorities, he said, involves clamping down on illegal distribution channels. He made it clear that will include dispensaries that have cropped up in recent months in anticipation of widespread legalization.
“Illicit cannabis dispensaries are not legal now and will not be legal retailers under the new model,” Naqvi said. “… These pot dispensaries are illegal and will be shut down. If you operate one of these facilities, consider yourself on notice.”
Leave it to Ontario’s lying thieving Premier Orville Reddenbacher to completely fuck up selling weed before they start legally selling it.
If you can actually afford to pay your fucking hydro bill in Ontario and you want to buy an ounce of purple kush to forget how hard you take it from your government, they now want you to pay them for that too.
The original concept of legalization was going to include people who already had licenses to grow along with the gov’t run and regulated grow ops to supply operators marijuana in a heavily regulated/taxed model. Basically, this announcement is a giant go “fuck yourself” to small business and hopeful operators that have been gearing up to sell weed legally to the public.
Basically, Ontario is going to go it alone and use the LCBO model to hold us hostage based on all their autocratic regulations.
That’s why they are focused on shutting down other dispensaries now. Not because they sell weed too, its because they dont want you taking their weed money they plan on using to bribe people. That’s why.
So to all you hard working men and women who’ve put everything you have into a dispensary in hopes to be considered to be one of those 150 approved operators, the govt wants you to eat a dick. And if today wasn’t a huge helping of cock soup I’m sure the next marijuana brain wave will be. I
Fuck that and put yourself on notice “Naqvi.” I’m going to keep buying it illegally BY THE POUND from people who’s only interest is getting me high.