Ontario passes Cannabis Act, will take effect July 1, 2018

The trillium is Ontario’s official flower and marijuana could now be considered the province’s official weed with the passage of the Cannabis Act.

Liberals and New Democrats voted in favour of the legislation Tuesday while the Progressive Conservatives opposed it. The tally was 63 MPPs for the bill and 27 against.

The legislation gives Queen’s Park a monopoly on recreational marijuana when the federal government’s legalization takes effect on July 1.

Weed will only be sold by the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation, a subsidiary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.

Starting next summer, the OCRC will operate 40 stand-alone marijuana shops, increasing to 150 stores by 2020.

Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner said he doubts the legislation will put much of a dent in the illegal, underground market.

“It’s obvious that opening only 40 LCBO-run stores in all of Ontario next year to retail cannabis will do virtually nothing,” he

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