More penalties for Ontario cannabis retailers who failed to open by deadline

More cannabis retailers in Ontario who failed to open their stores by a government-set deadline are facing further financial penalties.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario says it has penalized nine more outlets for not serving customers by April 30.

The government chose 25 retailers through a lottery to open the province's first brick-and-mortar cannabis stores on April 1, but fewer than half met the deadline.

The AGCO established a system of escalating financial penalties for retailers who were delayed.

The commission says it has gone ahead with a final draw-down on letters of credit submitted by seven of the licencees, taking $25,000 apiece from the $50,000 each initially provided.


Federal 'bungling' on pot is stifling Ontario shops: Fedeli

Ontario could allow several hundred cannabis stores to open but is being stymied by the federal government’s “bungling” of supply, according to the provincial finance minister.

More than six months after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government legalized recreational pot in Canada, supply still “doesn’t line up,” Ontario’s Victor Fedeli said. That’s why Ontario has set a limit of 25 bricks and mortar stores, and outlets across the country are struggling to fill their shelves, he said.

“It’s all dependent on the federal government unleashing supply,” Fedeli said in an interview Tuesday at Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York. “Health Canada appears to be the area that is ill-prepared to licence the producers.”


Ontario Cannabis Store won't be making same-day pot deliveries via courier after it cancels tender

Ontario’s government-run cannabis distributor has cancelled its tender for couriers to make same-day pot deliveries.

The provincial corporation tasked with the online sale and distribution of recreational cannabis posted a cancellation notice on Friday via the Ontario government’s tender portal.

The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation, which conducts e-commerce as the Ontario Cannabis Store, did not cite a specific reason for why it decided not to proceed, and the OCS was not immediately available for comment.

The corporation first posted the tender in January, calling for “expedited same-day delivery” for OCS orders. The project was set to begin as early as March in the Greater Toronto Area.


Toronto’s budding pot tourism industry must overcome hurdles to become lit

Pot tourism could be the next big thing in the Big Smoke.

But the budding bud-based tourism industry in here has barely caused a blip yet.

Less than a year after cannabis was legalized in Canada, growth in new weed-based tourism in a largely smoke-free city once dubbed Toronto the Good is expected to come in fits and starts, according to some local entrepreneurs who have already dipped their toes into what is essentially a niche business.


Ontario pharmacists to take mandatory cannabis education course

Pharmacists in Ontario will have to take a mandatory cannabis education course this year in order to continue practicing in the province.

The Ontario College of Pharmacists has told members that the course must be completed by March 27, 2020.

Even though medical cannabis has been legal in Canada since 2001, the mandatory course follows recreational legalization as more people are coming to doctors and pharmacists with questions about cannabis use. With edible cannabis to be legal sometime this year, the College wants to ensure that patients are getting the right information from their pharmacists.


New data shows impaired driving in Ontario did not increase after legalization of recreational cannabis

Impaired driving concerns were a major argument against recreational weed in the months leading up to federal cannabis legalization in Canada–but as it turns out, those fears may have been overstated.

Data collected by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), North West Region suggests that cannabis legalization hasn’t had much of an effect on area roads, as reported by Kenora Online.


Puff, puff, pass? Greater clarity needed on cannabis best practices for Ontario festivals and events

Whether you’ve willingly packed into the crowded tents of Kitchener-Waterloo’s Oktoberfest, enjoyed a local beer fest or visited any of Ontario’s many open-air music festivals, chances are you’ve been greeted by an earthy, skunky scent or two as it wafted by.


Cannabis growers in Ontario can now apply for agricultural grants

Cannabis growers in Ontario are now able to apply for various agricultural grants which will help them significantly cut down the production costs.

It’s a good day for farmers all across Ontario, especially for those growing cannabis as their primary crop.

Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture has announced that cannabis growers in the province will now be able to apply for a variety of federal and provincial grants.

This will be huge for all federally licensed growers, as many of them have found a home in Ontario — of 163 licensed facilities nationwide, Ontario is home to nearly half.


Canada: Cannabis consumers are unaware that they can opt-out of ID scans

The privacy of cannabis consumers has been put in danger for a couple of times already, but now some are starting to question the legality of scanning ID cards.

Seeing how there is still a stigma surrounding the consumption of cannabis, some Canadians are still sketched out by employees in weed shops asking to scan their ID cards.

Frankly, I’d be sketched out too.

I’m not saying “cannabis consumers have a right to privacy and stores need to respect that” because it’s not up to stores if they collect the data or not.

The stores are required to check your ID by law, they don’t have a choice in this either. But they don’t have to scan it.


Second cannabis retail store opens in Toronto

A second cannabis retail store has opened in Toronto in one of the city’s wealthiest areas.

Ameri, is a small cannabis store located at 20 Cumberland St. in Yorkville, located amid the high-rise towers in the area that are home to some of Toronto’s wealthiest residents.

The store says that technology will play a key role in the visitor experience.

“We’re trying to be a more boutique location with knowledgeable staff. We want people to enjoy their visit, get what they need and hopefully we can be of assistance,” said Rob, a store manager. The company has a policy for staff to provide their first names only due to concerns about crossing the Canada-U.S. border.


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