As the Ford government ushers in new cannabis regulations that could dramatically scale up the number of licensed cannabis shops in Ontario, grocery store giant Loblaws has been pushing the province for legal changes that would allow the supermarket giant to enter the bud business.

According to internal government documents, Loblaws held meetings with Ford government officials, including the Attorney General’s office, to request changes around how the cannabis market works in Ontario.

Part of the Loblaws pitch to the province included doing away with government regulations that restrict the sale of cannabis inside stores where other items such as snacks and chocolate could be available for purchase.

Documents obtained by Global News using freedom of information laws show Loblaws has been pushing for the change since at least 2019, just months after the federal government legalized the sale of cannabis in Canada.