When will Ontario weed? – JPost
Posted On July 19, 2021
Posted October 03, 2018 10:23:53In the past, Ontario has been a bit of a pioneer in the cannabis market.
The province’s medical marijuana program launched in April, and the recreational program is set to begin in 2019.
The province has a number of legal cannabis retailers, and a number more that have opened, but the only official retail outlet has been the Crown corporation for the entire province.
That store has been located at 100 Queen Street West, a building that has served as a warehouse since the early 1970s.
In recent years, the Crown Corporation has started offering a range of cannabis products, and it has expanded its footprint in the industry to include retail stores in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario and Quebec.
While the retail industry has been growing in the province, it has not been as robust as some other provinces, and Ontario has had to adapt to the new landscape.
While there is some evidence that cannabis use among youth is rising, it is not as widespread as it could be.
In a recent survey of Ontario adults, one in three said they used cannabis in the past month, compared to two in five in the United States and one in five people in the rest of Canada.
It is a trend that will have to change if the province wants to compete with other jurisdictions for consumers.
“I think the Ontario market is very good, but there is a lot of work to do there,” said Richard Wahl, a professor at Carleton University’s School of Public Health.
“In terms of recreational and medical cannabis, there is room for improvement.
It’s a lot to do, but we need to look at it.”
Ontario has made a concerted effort to get to grips with its cannabis supply.
The provincial government has invested in research and development, and in July, the province launched the first public trials of the first cannabis-based product.
Ontario’s public-health system has also set up a program to provide support and information for the industry.
The government also set out in an effort to protect children from exposure to cannabis, a measure that has helped to mitigate the health risks associated with cannabis use.
According to a recent report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the number of people who have been arrested for cannabis-related offences in Ontario rose from 5,400 in 2016 to more than 16,000 in 2017.
That same report also found that the number had dropped from 9,600 in 2014 to 5,800 in 2017, although it added that there were still some people who were still being arrested for minor cannabis- related offences.
The most common charges are possession for the purpose of trafficking, cultivation, possession with intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance.
Ontarios Health Ministry spokesperson Stephanie Manners said there were no plans to introduce any new restrictions on the province’s cannabis stores.
The current government has also made a number proposals to address some of the concerns raised by the public health community.
Among the recommendations in the report was the establishment of a national cannabis registry, which would track all cannabis growers and dispensaries across the country, as well as ensure that the registry was kept up to date.
The registry would also require businesses to disclose the names of their employees, and to conduct annual audits to ensure that they were not violating labour laws.
Ontarians are also being urged to get out and test the new cannabis products on themselves.
Wahl said there is evidence that testing can help with health issues.
“You can’t take it to a lab and say, ‘Oh, well, I’ve had a couple of puffs of it and I’ve got the hang of it,’ ” Wahl explained.
“It’s a real learning process for the cannabis consumer.
You need to be able to get a handle on it.”