Ontario municipalities will soon learn where LCBO-run cannabis stores might be
None of the retail stores will be located near schools, province says
Municipalities in Ontario will find out in the coming weeks if a provincially run cannabis store could be located in their community.
In a letter sent to the province's municipalities today, Finance Minister Charles Sousa says Ontario's store roll out aims to achieve the right geographic distribution across the province and to reduce the number of illegal marijuana dispensaries that have opened since the federal government announced it would legalize marijuana next summer.
The province says none of the retail stores will be located near schools.
Legislation governing marijuana sales expected Wednesday
The Wynne government will bring in its legislation governing marijuana sales next week, according to a schedule released Friday.
Attorney General Yasir Naqvi is slated to introduce the cannabis bill on Wednesday afternoon.
The province plans to set up approximately 150 standalone shops — run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario — by 2020.
The first wave of 40 stores will open in 2018 with that number rising to 80 stores by July 2019.
Ontario was the first province to announce a detailed plan to sell and distribute recreational marijuana and will set the legal age to purchase it at 19.
With files from CBC's Mike Crawley