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Government outlets, website only place to sell Marijuana after legalisation in July

Government outlets, website only place to sell Marijuana after legalisation in July

Government controlled LCBO will be the only retailer to sell pot and will oversee the legal aspects of it across 150 stores in Ontario.

"What we're proposing to do is to align our approach around user consumption to that for tobacco and alcohol, which means that the place that you can consume cannabis in a legal fashion is in your private residence", said Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi.

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario will reach the 150-store target by 2020 and manage the sale and distribution of marijuana, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said Friday.

The government of the Canadian state of Ontario has come under fire for its plan to effectively monopolize the recreational cannabis trade by selling it through state-run shops and online.

"We know we'll see an influx of toking tourists", he said, referring to people expected to cross from MI, where marijuana is illegal.

What cut of any revenue municipalities can expect from pot, which the federal Liberals have vowed to legalize for personal use by July 1 next year, has become a growing questions since Justin Trudeau's government swept to power in late 2015 vowing to liberalize Canada's pot laws.

"Decisions relating to pricing and fees will be taken after that the federal government will release more information", said the ontario government, which has not been advanced on the possible price of a gram of cannabis.

Jacob Capital Management analyst Khurram Malik says limiting the amount of Ontario residents that have easy access to legal pot will make it harder for the government to shut down the black market and cap the potential for legitimate providers.

"If you operate one of these dispensaries, consider yourself on notice", he said.

Sarnia has no illegal dispensaries, Police Chief Phil Nelson said.

"That's a decision that has not yet been made and that's something that we'd welcome comments from citizens on", he said.

The plan calls for the LCBO to also head up online distribution, with identification checks and signatures required upon delivery.

He said the government has been working on the pot file for about a year. Sousa said the government could look at that possibility down the road.

"I think that some sort of government system will be established".

"The Ontario government is explicitly consenting to the fact that storefront dispensaries are the right model for Ontario just so long as the government owns and controls it and can punish anyone and everyone who exists outside of it", he told VICE.

"I've been anxious from the beginning that the so-called legalization is nothing more that Prohibition 2.0 with cops and politicians looking to make money themselves", Emery said.

The aim of these regulations, according to government officials, is to ensure public safety and to curb sales within the black market.

Tory MPP Laurie Scott said Progressive Conservatives are still concerned about public safety, especially drug-impaired driving.


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