The province of Ontario has released their proposed Ontario Marijuana Law. Unfortunately, the proposal raises more questions than answers and removes any opportunities for people and private business to participate in the industry.
The province did not take into account the needs of medical users. Protecting the children seems to be the only focus, rather than allowing proper access for adults.
This is not what the public asked for. Online coverage has been swift and critical. Here is some more…
So what are the core details?
-The province will create a new Marijuana Control Board, much like the current Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).
-Sales will take place online and thru government run stores ( with 150 retail outlets by 2020).
-Only adults over the age of 19 will be able to purchase recreational marijuana for use at home.
What about the medical patients and dispensaries?
-The governement did not address this important question.
-The proposal only covers recreational use.
-At the moment, it is unknown how this will affect medical marijuana patients and the dispensaries dedicated exclusively to their needs.
-The plan is to shut down any illegal recreational marijuana stores currently operating, with many owners and employees arrested.
What about new business opportunities?
-Private business will not be allowed to participate in the retail marijuana trade within the province of Ontario.
-The provincial government of Ontario will control all aspects of the distribution and purchase of recreational marijuana.
-Sales will occur online and thru a network of 80 retail stores within the first year, and up to 150 stores by 2020.
-Allowing people to purchase their marijuana from businesses outside the province remains unknown.
What about the cost?
-The proposed Ontario Marijuana Law has not yet decided on the pricing of recreational marijuana.
-The province expects to issue a pricing proposal by the end of October 2017.
Who are the people running the stores?
-Retail outlets are expected to operate much in the same way as the LCBO.
-The stores are expected to employ unionized goverment employees.
-The process of confirming identities for online sales is still unknown.
Does this only cover marijuana leaf for smoking?
-The province did not release details for the sale and regulation of cannabis smoking alternatives, or how these type of products will regulated.
-Legally purchasing items such as marijuana edibles, tinctures, capsules, and oils (oral and topical) remain unclear.
-Medical compounds such as CBD (cannibidiol) and its uses have not been addressed.
-Dosing, standardization, and medical research was not discussed.
What can we learn so far from the proposed Ontario Marijuana Law?
At the moment, the proposed Ontario Marijuana Law raises far more questions than it provides answers. We have only covered a few of them here. We will do our best to answer theses questions as the details emerge.
What we still want to know from the province:
1. How exactly will only 150 stores three years from now serve all of Ontario?
2. Will private medical dispensaries still operate?
3. What about medical users?
4. What about edibles?
5. And what about CBD products?
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