CFIB Statement on Ontario Government Cannabis Announcement

We are pleased the government is abandoning the previously-planned cannabis monopoly in favour of including the private sector at the retail level. It is unfortunate that bricks and mortar could not be in place for October 17; however, in the long run, an above-ground, regulated private sector is better suited to meet customer demand and guard against an underground industry.

We ask the government to consider setting aside licences for small, independent businesses, so they are allowed a fair chance at participating in the cannabis retail sector.

We appreciate and support the government’s decision to further consult with industry stakeholders moving forward. 

-Ryan Mallough, Senior Policy Analyst, ON

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