ONTARIO IS SETTING A LIMIT ON ITS PRIVATE MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES
Since the historic day of October 17, 2018, Canadians in the pot community have been celebrating the legalization of the little green plant from Saskatchewan to the shores of Newfoundland. However, in light of the federal government’s decision to allow the recreational use of this plant, marijuana is still limited based on provincial laws. Ultimately, while some regions have been more lenient toward the herb, others have been more restrictive (as predicted). Nevertheless, Ontario (neighbor to the Midwestern United States) has recently followed in the steps of its next-door-neighbor Quebec by enforcing new rules about the sale of this plant. So how has the seat of Canada’s capital Ottawa changed its rules? Let’s take a closer look at this situation and find out.
Big Changes around the Bend
In a recent statement, provincial authorities revealed that Ontario would enforce a “phrased approach,” in which the government will only allow a small number of private pot shops to receive licenses. Incidentally, this decision marks a drastic change from the earlier concept, through which government officials would not restrict the number of private dispensaries whatsoever.
Ultimately, this policy shift was enacted by the Progressive Conservative Party, which will ultimately set the limit for these stores. According to an additional report from Huffington Post, only 25 licenses will be granted by the provincial government of Ontario.
Insurance for Short Supply
In defense of this new policy, members of the Conservative Party explained this restriction will be enacted out of a mutual response to Canada’s recent marijuana supply shortage. After the little green plant was legalized on October 17, dispensaries across the country were drained by hungry lines of eager customers, who had been waiting for this moment for years. In fact, some of the dispensaries ended up selling out of materials at a much faster rate than they had expected.
Even worse, some wholesalers and suppliers did not have enough quantities of the drug to keep the dispensaries stocked and ready for business. As a result of this emergency, businesses have been working tirelessly to ensure strong production.
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