Ontario’s licensed cannabis shops are set to reopen following an emergency order approved by the provincial cabinet on Tuesday, but will do so on a limited basis with the intent of curtailing the illicit market.
The province passed an emergency order Tuesday allowing retailers to sell cannabis through an online or phone ordering system where customers can pick up their orders at the store, according to Ontario attorney general Doug Downey.
It will also allow retailers to deliver orders to customers as long as their sales associates are trained under the provincial training program run by CannSell, a regulated program run by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, Downey said. The order will last for the next 14 days but could be extended, he added.
"We want to make sure that the private operator stores are able to still provide product to the legal market and this product won't get into the hands of kids," said Downey in a phone interview with BNN Bloomberg.
"This allows private retailers to continue to do business although practice safe and healthy distancing."
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