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Guelph pot prescription provider wants in on recreational market

Attorney General Yasir Naqvi left Finance Minister Charles Sousa and Health Minister Eric Hoskins unveiled the plan on Friday Attorney General Yasir Naqvi left Finance Minister Charles Sousa and Health Minister Eric Hoskins unveiled the plan on Friday
Nellie Chapman | 09 September, 2017, 12:24

Ontario is the first province or territory to lay out its plans for how cannabis will be sold and regulated in response to federal legislation that will legalize recreational use by July 2018.

During today's press conference, Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi also said the government is committed to shutting down the dozens of dispensaries now operating in the province illegally.

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.

Still, smoking the substance in public will continue to be illegal, and only those aged 19 and over will be able to purchase the drug.

Quebec is now running a public consultation on oversight of the cannabis, which should lead to the adoption of a framework law in the fall.

"We haven't made any decision as to whether that would be something that would be a strong contender for consideration here", he said.

In the lead-up to federal legalization, to help ensure public awareness of this transition and the new measures that will take effect, the province will undertake a public information campaign. The federal government had proposed allowing younger people to possess smaller amounts of recreational cannabis, but Ontario says youth 18 and under caught possessing those smaller amounts will have them confiscated by police, possibly without criminal charges. Online distribution will be available in Ontario as of July 2018, provided the federal government's legalization process goes to plan. However, alcohol and marijuana will not be sold side by side. "... These pot dispensaries are illegal and will be shut down".

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"I think we've got really good people working within the ministries giving us advice", he said. "Something as important as Ontario's framework guiding the use and retail of recreational marijuana should not leave the public with more questions than answers".

He also wants to know what power municipalities will have in determining where stores will be zoned.

"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 bill outlining that legislation is now before the Canadian Parliament.

"We've recommended in a recent submission that all revenue should fund mental health and addictions services in Ontario because there is a correlation between cannabis consumption and mental health and addictions issues", she said in a statement quoted by CBC. However, he said the government will explore the possibility of allowing marijuana-licensed establishments in the future.

He said medical marijuana sales were boosted Colorado after recreational pot was legalized in the US state.