There is disappointing news out of Ontario today, as their Government announced its plans for cannabis distribution come federal legalization date, July 1, 2018. The LCBO model has some unfortunate gaps that will only serve to boost the black market, and leaves medical patients out of the equation.
Ontario announced that cannabis retail will be restricted to LCBO, with only 40 locations opening for July 1, 2018. During the press conference, Finance Minister Charles Sousa, admitted that 70 to 80 illegal dispensaries are currently in operation in Toronto alone, and with a mere 150 retail locations by 2020, the supply will not be enough to serve the nearly 14 million population in their province. Jeff Mooij, President of 420 Clinic, highlights the gaps on Ontario’s plan and praises the Alberta Government for their planning thus far.
“We are very fortunate to be in a province that will do things properly, providing enough storefronts for the public needs, letting the free market determine the price of the product and providing many employment opportunities. Excluding CBD from the Ontario model is counteractive to providing safe, non-euphoric product to the recreational market,” says Mooij. “The Alberta NDP and the Mayor of Calgary, are driving in the right direction for legalization with Albertans in mind.”
During the press conference in Ontario, medical cannabis patients were seemingly left out of the equation as well, as LCBO will limit the supply and variety of cannabis.
“It’s unfortunate that Ontario plans to ignore medical patients, by not giving them the right to choose from a variety of products, and access their medical supply easily,” states Mooij.
Mooij reiterates that everything the Alberta government and City of Calgary have openly stated about their cannabis retail plans, makes him hopeful that our province is on the right track to serve the medical and recreational market.