The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation, better known as OCS (“Ontario Cannabis Store”), is the only legal recreational cannabis retailer in the Ontario area at this time.
Is The Ontario Cannabis Store Ending Black Market Sales?
Founded just last year, supporters say that the Ontario Cannabis Store has already made an extremely positive impact on the community. By being a legal retailer, the Ontario Cannabis Store is now a second, safe option for people who previously purchased cannabis on the black market.
Whether bought for self-diagnosed medical purposes for those who could not get a medical cannabis license or for recreational purposes, the black market sale of cannabis was a very real issue up until the Ontario Cannabis Store began offering a legal way for those of age to purchase cannabis in the area.
Why Is Legal Purchase Important?
Previously, those without a medical cannabis license were not legally allowed to purchase cannabis for any purpose. Now, the Ontario Cannabis Store opens the door to new users and to users who previously bought from the black market.
This is an important milestone. Not only is illegally purchasing cannabis a risky decision that could land a user in jail, but it could also pose health hazards. Unlike the legal cannabis sold by OCS, black market cannabis is in no way tested for purity or any other standard.
For cannabis consumers, knowing what’s in the product they’re buying is important. The OCS is also very much into promoting factual information about cannabis and its effects, along with potential benefits of its use.
In addition to the above, the OCS tests every product it sells and tracks its origin, which allows customers to make an informed purchase decision. The team at the Ontario Cannabis Store is also highly educated and able to offer customers extensive information on their products.
It’s also contributing to the economy and further cannabis research because the OCS only works with licensed producers approved by Health Canada. This not only means more money for industry research and growth, but also more money for Canada’s markets as a whole.
Legal purchase is also important for the community. The Ontario Cannabis Store isn’t just working to shut down black market sales of cannabis in the area, it’s also functioning as a community educator. With multiple efforts to inform the community on cannabis-related issues and research, OSC is making a truly positive impact for everyone.
Plus, with an established legal process for the purchase of cannabis through OCS, the community can now also benefit through taxation. With estimations that the Canadian cannabis market is worth over CA$4.9 billion, there is a lot of room for municipal profit.