Ontario Announces Regulations for Incoming Cannabis Stores

Marco Green
November 18, 2018

Some cannabis retailers could be shut out of operating multiple cannabis stores in Ontario as a result of new grower owner limitations disclosed on Thursday.

The LCBO stores will follow suit with those hours, sources say.

Those looking to make late-night booze runs are in luck, as the provincial government announced the LCBO will soon be open from 9 am to 11 pm, seven days a week, as part of the 2018 Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review.

It is unclear if every LCBO store will operate under the expanded hours or if it will be a select number of outlets.

Right now, most LCBO stores in Toronto close at 9 p.m., with several closing at 10 p.m. and a few already closing at 11 p.m.

Finance Minister Vic Fedeli says that Ontario will be moving forward with expanded retail hours for alcohol sales.

No one under the age of 19 will be allowed to enter the store.

On April 1, stand-alone cannabis stores will open in the province. This distance buffer will help protect students and keep communities safe, while other regulations will combat the influence and participation of organized crime in the legal licensed framework.

When it comes to licences, the province will start accepting applications on December 17.

A prohibition on the issuance of a licence to any individual or organization who has an association with organized crime.

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

Individuals with a store authorization, cannabis retail managers and all retail employees will be required to complete the approved training to ensure that any individual who works in the cannabis retail market is trained in the responsible sale of cannabis.

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