The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will be accepting expression of interest applications come next week. The lottery system will be used to help select 25 possible applicants and a wait list.
“Are we surprised by the content of the announcement? No,” Jennawae McLean said. “We have been calling this since legalization was announced that there would be a shortage of cannabis.”
“I think that it will be a good way to get the temperature of the city. Kingston is a liberal city. We’ve done great business in the Kingston area for the last eight years and I know that there are a lot of Kingston-area residents that would enthusiastically respond to the survey and let Kingston know that they’re in favour of having legal retail sales here.”
For Jennawae McLean, co-owner of pot paraphernalia shop, 420 Kingston, Ontario, she said it’s unlikely she will be attempting to cross the border anytime soon.
With the legalization of marijuana kicking in at 12:01 am Wednesday, residents across Ontario will be able to order pot online. Along with this, they can also start growing legal plants in their home.
Admitting to working in legal cannabis industry could get you “banned for life”: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
The legalization of cannabis in Canada is months away, but after Oct. 17, any admittance to smoking or even working in the marijuana industry to a border patrol officer can get you banned from entering the United States.
OCS to sell paraphernalia while marketing it alongside regulated pot could jeopardize the financial stability of Ontarian head shops or outlaw them entirely.
“The Liberals have lied to us. This is not legalization, this is decriminalization to a point and criminalization after that,” McLean said.
“Right now the licensed producers are barely able to keep up with the medical market, there’s not a chance they’ll be able to keep up with the recreational market,” said Jennawae McLean.
Local pot users discuss their concerns with the Canadian Mental Health Association’s suggestions for strict restrictions on the use and distribution of legalized marijuana