The Ontario government has announced steps to allow more cannabis retail stores to open in January.
In a news release yesterday, Attorney General Doug Downey said that opening the cannabis market in Ontario as “responsibly” as possible has always been the government’s “number one priority.”
He added that opening "more legal stores is the most effective way to combat the illicit market, protect our kids and keep our communities safe.”
As a result, the government will eliminate the temporary cap on the number of private stores and cancel the pre-qualification requirements for prospective retailers.
Under the new rules, retailers will also be permitted to sell cannabis-related items like magazines and cookbooks.
Officials say the issue of short supply has been dealt with, and applications to open a pot shop will be accepted starting January 6, with more retail licences being handed out next April.
(Wasaga Beach is among those NOT allowing pot shops to open.)