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Private pot shops in Ontario won't be able to sell online, province's regulator says

The Ontario cannabis retail regulator says private pot retailers will not be able to offer a click-and-collect service that would allow consumers to buy online and pick it up at the physical store.

Customers will have to order and purchase pot products in person at licensed private stores

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario says cannabis customers will have to order and purchase pot products in person at licensed recreational pot stores. (David Horemans/CBC)

The Ontario cannabis retail regulator says private pot retailers will not be able to offer a click-and-collect service that would allow consumers to buy online and pick it up at the physical store.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) says cannabis customers will have to order and purchase pot products in person at licensed recreational pot stores. 

The AGCO reiterated in a posting outlining frequently asked questions today that the Ontario Cannabis Store continues to be the only legal e-commerce portal for buying adult-use pot.

So-called click-and-collect services have been increasingly offered by retailers over the years, and is an option when buying alcohol online from the province's distributor, the LCBO.

Currently, recreational pot can only be bought online but earlier this month 25 entities were selected through an AGCO lottery to apply for the first 25 retail licences to open stores in April. 

Meanwhile, earlier this month, 77 Ontario municipalities or fewer than 20 per cent have said they are unwilling to host cannabis shops within their municipalities at this stage.

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