Ontario’s cannabis-retail plan is a wreck. But Ford could easily fix it

July 20th 2018

Opinion: If the policy objective is to get consumers to choose the legal channel, the marijuana has to be available widely. It doesn’t seem it will be.

How many retail stores will Ontario need to meet the demand for cannabis, which is set to become legal for sale in less than three months?

Ontario’s previous Liberal government committed to opening 150 government-monopoly Ontario Cannabis Stores (OCS) over the first three years, warning that they would most likely lose money in the early years. The latest information suggests the OCS is readying 30 to 40 stores for recreational sales upon legalization in October. That dramatically underestimates demand.

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