The march towards international legalization of cannabis is taking a great leap forward as Ontario, Canada has announced plans to open 150 government-run pot shops said Walking Times. Additionally, and perhaps of greater interest, is their plan to also begin an online mail-order system, allowing responsible adults to purchase recreational cannabis without the hassle of visiting a retail store.
As the country prepares for legal recreational sales of cannabis to begin next July, the east-central province of Ontario, home to Toronto and Ottawa, is giving control to a subsidiary of The Liquor Control Board of Ontario.
Law in Ontario will require those in possession of pot to be at least 19 years of age, one year older than the federal minimum of 18.
”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 stores won’t be housed inside government-owned liquor stores, and there will be as many as 80 stores operational in the first year, he said.