Ontario Announces Regulations for Incoming Cannabis Stores

Ontario Announces Regulations for Incoming Cannabis Stores

TORONTO (CP) — The Ontario government has released regulations that will direct the startup of personal cannabis stores on April 1.

The stand-alone stores can be open any day between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m., but they need to be at least 150 metres away from schools and bar entry to anyone under 19 years old.

A market concentration limit of 75 stores per operator has been set.

Until April, cannabis can only be legally purchased from the online Ontario Cannabis Store.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will start accepting applications for cannabis-related licenses on Dec. 17 and illegal cannabis retailers who were operating after legalization on Oct. 17 will not be eligible to receive cannabis sales licenses.

Licenses won’t be issued to any individual or organization with an association with organized crime, and applicants should demonstrate their tax compliance status to reveal they are in good standing with the government.

“The goal of these regulations is to guarantee all people operating in this tightly-regulated retail system act with integrity, honesty, and in the public interest, & rdquo and to keep kids safe .

Workers and retail managers must complete approved training in the responsible sale of cannabis.

The government says it’s going to provide $40 million to assist municipalities with the implementation costs of cannabis legalization.

Released at Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:52:19 +0000

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