TORONTO – Ontario’s first cannabis retail shops are set to open their doors next week, but some of the 25 licence holders are still wading through the lengthy approval process and might not be ready for business.
Stores that fail to open on Monday could face escalating penalties, but the Progressive Conservative government said it would not rush the vetting process.
“We’ll wait and see on April 1 how many open,” said Finance Minister Vic Fedeli. “There was prohibition for 100 years and we’re going to be in this business for 100 years. We will not rush into anything.”
Recreational cannabis can currently only be purchased legally in Ontario through a government-run website.
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