Ottawa is among the first 14 municipalities to get stand-alone cannabis stores when the drug becomes legal.
The first stores are set to open in July 2018, when federal legislation legalizing recreational cannabis is expected to take effect. The stores will be run by the LCBO, but will be separate from existing liquor stores.
The LCBO says its representatives, along with staff from the Ministry of Finance, will meet with the municipalities in the coming weeks to determine exactly where the stores will be located.
More municipalities getting cannabis stores will be announced before July 2018, but the LCBO says all consumers will have access to cannabis online.
The first 14 municipalities receiving cannabis stores are:
- Sault Ste. Marie
- Thunder Bay
The province plans to set up approximately 150 standalone cannabis stores by 2020. The first batch of 40 stores will open in 2018 with that number rising to 80 stores by July 2019.
— with files from The Canadian Press