The locations of Ontario’s first four provincially run cannabis stores have been announced.
The agencies say the locations comply with local zoning rules, minimize proximity to schools and factor in where illegal dispensaries are currently operating.
Forty stores are expected to open this year and another 40 by July of next year. In total, the province plans to set up roughly 150 standalone cannabis stores by 2020.
The federal government introduced legislation last April with a goal of legalizing and regulating the use of recreational pot by this summer but left it up to individual provinces to design their own distribution system and usage regulations.
The Canadian Press