Cannabis legislation in Ontario expected in September

Cannabis legislation in Ontario expected in late September

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Ontario’s Conservative government is expected to introduce legislation to regulate the recreational cannabis industry according to multiple sources with knowledge of the issue.

The legislation could be introduced within days of the beginning of the autumn 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 framework for cannabis will begin with sales, with stores in place by April.

The sources, who requested anonymity, said the new legislation will likely limit the amount of stores a corporation can own to a percentage of the overall market in order to level the playing field for smaller businesses.

The province is also expected to keep control over online and wholesale, distribution sales.

Farm gate sales could also be part.

A source said the government might aim to pass the legislation by the end of November or early December.

Licences could then begin being issued in January or February.

“A picture is emerging that retail will be wide open with certain restrictions around schools, subject to 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, as well as large businesses, because it is going to allow them to sort of bypass the (Ontario Cannabis Store) model” by giving direct access to customers, he said.

Speaking on a panel discussion in the Grow Up cannabis conference in Niagara Falls, vice president of public affairs at Hill + Knowlton Plans, Melissa Lantsman, said she hopes the government.

Lantsman headed the Progressive Conservative campaign war room.

“This is a sales play ” she said, for the authorities. “That’s going to affect the expense of licenses and how they don’t want to be on the hook for those brick-and-mortar stores. ”

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