As COVID-19 spreads, Ontario moves to close all cannabis retail stores

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Cannabis is essential to many Canadians and they should be able to have the option to support their local cannabis retailers, should they choose. Ontario, which had just begun to ramp up its offerings of cannabis retail locations, including several stores opening across the province just this week, will now rely on the OCS for all legal weed. Brick-and-mortar cannabis shops will be removed from Ontario’s list of essential services, Doug Ford announced on Friday afternoon. George Smitherman, the president and CEO of the Cannabis Council of Canada, told The GrowthOp he thought it might have been an oversight when he first read the revised list and saw that cannabis retail was omitted. The Ontario Cannabis Store will, once again, have a monopoly in the province.

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The Ontario Cannabis Store will, once again, have a monopoly in the province. Brick-and-mortar cannabis shops will be removed from Ontario’s list of essential services, Doug Ford announced on Friday afternoon. The emergency order will go into effect Saturday night and will last for at least the next two weeks. 

Ontario, which had just begun to ramp up its offerings of cannabis retail locations, including several stores opening across the province just this week, will now rely on the OCS for all legal weed. 

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