Ontarians, 19 years and older, can buy recreational cannabis from a government-run online retail store when it’s legalized this fall.
The province’s Finance Minister Vic Fedeli and Attorney General Caroline Mulroney made the announcement Monday, ahead of Canadian legalization of recreational marijuana on October 17.
Mulroney said, in a statement, that “We will be ready to put in place a safe, legal system for cannabis retail that will protect consumers,”. “We will also be ready to undermine the illegal market and protect Ontario’s roads.”
The online store will sell dried cannabis, cannabis oil-based products, cannabis seeds and accessories.
It will include a verification system and home delivery and will be operated by the Ontario Cannabis Store.
Cannabis will become available, for sale, in private retail stores across the province in early next year.
The Progressive Conservatives government said they will consult municipalities, Indigenous communities, law enforcement, public health advocates, businesses and consumer groups prior to opening of the retail stores.
For municipalities who want to opt-out of permitting cannabis retails stores within their boundaries, they will have a “one-time window” in which to do so.
The Ontario government also noted that it will provide $40 million to municipalities to “help local governments keep their communities safe” over the first two years of implementation.
In compliance with the federal government’s possession limit, residents of Ontario will be able to purchase up to 30 grams of cannabis.
Consumers will also only be allowed to use legalized pot in a private residence, including the outdoor space of the home.