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With 10 weeks to go till marijuana legalization, Global News can’t discover any proof that any hashish has been ordered for Ontario customers.
A survey of reports releases for buyers issued by 5 main licenced producers (LPs) going again to final yr exhibits contracts giant and small with most provinces, however not Ontario.
On July 5, for instance, 4 LPs introduced provide contracts with Alberta for that province’s first six months of legalization. Canopy Growth will provide 15,000 kilograms, Aurora 25,000 kilograms, Aphira 870 kilograms and Medreleaf an unspecified amount.
LPs typically announce giant provide offers with provinces and territories — Quebec, British Columbia, Yukon, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador and PEI.
Prominent by its absence, although, is Canada’s most populous province.
As the clock ticks towards legalization, it’s not clear what Ontario’s plans for promoting hashish are. A Globe and Mail story in late July asserted that the PCs would usher in government-operated on-line gross sales and let the non-public sector run bricks-and-mortar shops. It’s not clear whether or not these shops would co-exist with public-sector shops or exchange them.
That could be a change of strategy from the one designed by Ontario’s earlier Liberal authorities, which referred to as for a totally public-sector hashish retail system.
The Globe‘s story has been neither confirmed nor contradicted. Ontario has not introduced its new strategy to hashish or mentioned when it’s going to accomplish that.
The Ontario Cannabis Store has not made a public announcement since early April.
Earlier this yr, the OCS issued a product name to would-be hashish suppliers, with a deadline of May 2. They had been requested to submit an in depth report on the hashish merchandise they wished to promote, offering 120 separate items of details about every, from energy to the portions that will be obtainable on a collection of dates to high quality (‘good,’ higher’ or ‘best’.)
However, it’s not clear whether or not the OCS went on to award contracts primarily based on the data offered.
We requested the OCS for particulars about what producers that they had signed provide contracts with, for what portions, and in what varieties.
“We’re continuing to work with prospective licensed producers, and will be providing an update soon,” an OCS spokesperson wrote in an e-mail during which he requested to not be recognized.
“The Ontario Cannabis Store is focused on ensuring the province is ready for cannabis legalization, and is committed to working closely with the Ontario government.”
Aphria doesn’t have a provide contract signed with Ontario, spokesperson Olivia Pineau confirmed.
“It’s definitely something that hasn’t been finalized at this point, but we still have some time before legalization,” she mentioned. “I think all licenced producers, including Aphria, are preparing behind the scenes and are ready to negotiate and sign those agreements when the time comes.”
“In terms of there being enough supply, I think all licenced producers at this point are working their best to ensure that that’s the main objective. We don’t want that to be a concern.”
The state of affairs raises questions on what would occur after Oct. 17 if leisure marijuana is authorized, however Ontario hasn’t arrange a authorized retail system — bricks-and-mortar or on-line — able to dealing with demand.
Last week, the London Free Press reported that Ontario had put hiring on maintain for the Cannabis Intelligence Coordination Centre, a police company designed to close down dispensaries after legalization.
Under legalization, Ontario residents gained’t be allowed to order marijuana from different provinces, however will be capable of personally convey it in from elsewhere within the nation, as long as they keep inside the federal restrict of 30 grams.
(Ironically, a few of Canada’s greatest hashish manufacturing services are in Ontario — Aphira’s huge greenhouse in Leamington, for instance, or Canopy Growth’s 500,000-square-foot transformed chocolate manufacturing facility in Smiths Falls.)
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