Cannabis legislation in Ontario Anticipated in late September

Cannabis Laws in Ontario expected in late September

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Ontario’s Progressive government is expected to introduce legislation to regulate the cannabis industry according to sources with knowledge of the matter.

The legislation could be introduced within days of the beginning of the fall session on Sept. 24.

Last month the new authorities reversed the previous provincial government’s commitment to opening 40 government-owned retail storefronts in the first year of legalization, which is set to begin Oct. 17.

Ontario’s new retail frame for recreational cannabis will begin with privately owned stores in place by April, with sales.

The sources, who requested anonymity, said the new legislation will probably limit the number of shops a company can own to a percentage of the overall market to be able to level the playing field for smaller businesses.

The state is expected to keep control over internet and wholesale, distribution sales.

Farm gate sales could also be a part.

Licences could then begin being issued in February or January.

“A picture is emerging that retail will be fairly wide open with geographical restrictions around schools, subject to local acceptance the source said.

Deepak Anand, vice president of Toronto consultancy Cannabis Compliance, expects the legislation to resemble Alberta’s model.

“It would be good for small businesses, in addition to large businesses, as it will allow them to sort of bypass the (Ontario Cannabis Store) version ” by providing direct access to customers, he said.

Speaking on a panel discussion vice president of public affairs at Hill + Knowlton Plans, Melissa Lantsman, said she expects the new government.

Lantsman led the Conservative campaign war room during the Ontario election.

“This is a sales play for the authorities. “That’s going to impact the cost of licenses and the fact that they don’t want to be on the hook for those shops. ”

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