In preparation for the federal government’s plan to legalize cannabis this year, the Ontario Ministry of Finance and LCBO have identified Ontario municipalities intended for stand-alone cannabis stores by July 2018. These include Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Day.
A few locations for the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) have been identified but there is no word yet on the Sudbury location.
According to the LCBO information website, the agency is committed to ensuring that OCS sites are responsible partners in the communities they operate in. Preliminary retail store designs are being developed that consider input received from municipalities, proposed federal regulatory requirements, and best practices from other jurisdictions that have legal cannabis retail stores.
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“OCS stores will operate with the same care and expertise Ontarians have come to expect of the LCBO’s long-standing and reputable history of responsible retailing practices and promoting moderate consumption.”
OCS retail stores are being designed with a lobby area, before individuals would enter the main retail store.
Consistent with federal requirements, IDs will be checked to prevent underage access to cannabis—no one under the age of 19 will be permitted entry to the main retail store. There will be no product in the lobby, as federal requirements do not permit products be visible to youth.