Ontario Government Announces New Strict Rules for Cannabis Retailers

Posted by sm@webmaster | November 15, 2018 | Blog, Business Law, Cannabis, Cannabis Law

Yesterday the Ontario government announced ‘new strict regulations’ under the Cannabis Licence Act, which are set to be proclaimed November 16, 2018 according to the AGCO.  The text of the Cannabis Licence Act is available here.

Of note in the announcement are regulations including:

  • Retail stores must be at least 150 meters from schools.
  • Retailers cannot allow persons under 19 years old to enter their stores.
  • The government will deny a licence to an applicant who: operated an illegal cannabis store after October 17, 2018; is associated with organized crime; or, cannot demonstrate tax compliance and is therefore not in good standing with the government.
  • Retail stores must be stand-alone stores.
  • There will be mandatory government-approved training for anyone with store authorizations, cannabis retail managers, and those who work in cannabis retail stores.

The Ontario government also announced that the application process for the retail licences and authorization begins on December 17, 2018 online, and that private retailing would begin on April 1, 2019.  Stores may open between 9:00am and 11:00pm on any day of the week.  Lastly, there will be a limit of 75 cannabis retail stores that any one operator may establish and run.

Stay tuned for updates and check out our latest cannabis article Proposed Ontario Cannabis Retail Licencing System more information.

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