Ontario Cannabis Stores Closed After Expulsion From Essential Business List

Recreational cannabis stores in Ontario, Canada’s biggest market, were ordered to close their doors on April 4 because of the COVID-19 pandemic,  leaving the outlets with nowhere to turn as the government maintains a legal monopoly over online sales.

The store closures – which will last for 14 days – could permanently close Ontario’s four dozen privately owned cannabis stores, because the province has barred them from offering online sales and home cannabis delivery services to customers.

Ontario recently grouped cannabis stores as “essential working environments,” however they were excluded from a refreshed rundown of basic work environments on April 3.

Organizations not on the essentials list had to close their doors and will remain closed until at least April 18.

During that time, and only through eCommerce, government-owned Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) will be allowed to sell adult-use cannabis in the province, a representative for the Ontario Premier’s office announced in a statement sent to  Marijuana Business Daily.

OCS conveyance will accompany hardly any general medical advantages, industry sources contended, in light of the fact that clients will in any case be compelled to pick up cannabis at provincial post offices

Canada Post will no longer offer door-to-door delivery of cannabis.

Cannabis growers in the region may remain operational.

Disillusionment, vulnerability

Ontario cannabis store owners reached by MJBizDaily expressed disillusionment, but remain optimistic the Ontario’s legislature may allow a few trade offs for cannabis retailers.

Jennawae McLean said she’d just received her license to sell recreational cannabis at her store in Kingston and was planning to start sales in time for April 20 (420).

“On the off chance that it’s a matter of half a month for more prominent’s benefit, we’ll be OK and we’ll get past it,” she said. “The truth of the matter is, we’ve gotten over the critical step now since we have our permit. Nothing keeps going forever, so when we’re ready to, we’ll be out selling cannabis, regardless of whether it’s in an altered way like just curbside (pickup) or just snap and-gather.

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Mike Brennan
Mike Brennan is Editor of Michigan Marijuana Report (mimarijuanareport) a cannabis, hemp and CBD news portal website for Michigan and the Great Lakes States. He has been a professional reporter and editor since 1981.

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