Details Released on Private Retail Model for Cannabis

September 26, 2018

The Province introduced legislation today to regulate the private cannabis retail store model in Ontario. 

The proposed legislation would establish the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) as the provincial regulator authorized to grant store licences. The AGCO would have the authority to enforce compliance, including, if necessary, revoking licences from stores that fail to comply with the conditions set by the province.

Under the proposed legislation, municipalities would have the ability to opt-out of having cannabis retail stores in their communities, before January 22, 2019.

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August 13, 2018

The Province has shared details about how cannabis retail will be managed. Effective October 17, 2018, consumers 19 and older will be able to purchase cannabis via an online retail platform provided by the Ontario Cannabis Store, followed by the introduction of regulated private retail by April 1, 2019.

The Province indicated that they will be consulting ahead of the launch of the private retail model, and will be giving municipalities with a one-time window to opt-out of permitting physical cannabis retail stores within their boundaries. They have also indicated that they will be providing $40 million in funding to municipalities over two years to support efforts in community safety related to cannabis legalization.

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