Sources close to the Ontario government and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne say that she is expected to announce on Friday that the province will be opening 60 storefronts selling recreational marijuana.
It has also been mentioned that in the announcement Premier Wynne will let the public know if the Ontario will be having its own Cannabis Control Board.
The main goal of the Cannabis Control Board would be overseeing sales and distribution of recreational cannabis, which in Ontario would be sold to those 19 and older, which is actually a year above the minimum which was recommended by the federal government earlier in December.
As you may already know, the bill to legalize recreational cannabis across Canada has been introduced in April this year, and it leaves a lot of room open to the provinces to regulate the sale and distribution of marijuana.
Just a couple weeks ago the premiers of all the provinces have met in Edmonton and announced their request to the federal government, which would postpone the legalization, but at that time it didn’t look like Prime Minister Trudeau would agree to it. Later it was decided that the premiers would keep working on the set timeline and report with updates on November 1st.
“The starting point is, have we met the public safety concerns, are we sure we have the provisions in place to protect youth, do we understand what the highway traffic implications are?” Wynne said at the time. “It’s those issues that we have to resolve because we have to keep people safe.”
Just days, if not hours, after the request for the postponing of the deadline has been submitted, Prime Minister Trudeau has said that “his government intends to stick to the July 2018 deadline”, which was expected.
As of now we are waiting on Premier Wynne to make the official announcement on Friday.