The Cannabis Act is back in the Senate for final approval, with some officials expecting the recreational use of marijuana legalized by the week’s end.
However, Ontario, Canada’s most populated province, is ill-prepared.
With a sign that says “FOR LEASE,” Ontario’s only OCS is not ready to open on day one when recreational cannabis is legalized, Global News reported.
With a population of 13.6 million, Ontario has announced that it will open 40 OCS stores in 2018. That means there will be on OCS store per 338,000 Ontarians.
But elsewhere in Canada, some provinces are all set.
In Quebec, the French-speaking province will start with 20 stores on Day 1 of legalization, one for every 408,000 residents.
In Saint John, N.B., a brand-new CannabisNB store was opened earlier this week. It is one of 11 across the province that are ready to open any minute, Global News reported, adding that another nine will follow in the fall, leaving a cannabis store for every 37,000 New Brunswickers.
Meanwhile, on Day 1, P.E.I. will have four stores open, one for every 35,000 residents, while Nova Scotia will open nine to start with and three more in the fall, or one for every 76,000 Nova Scotians.