Ontario pot store hours, distance from schools revealed

Ontario pot store hours, distance from schools revealed

Ontario pot store hours, distance from schools revealed

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will begin accepting applications for cannabis-related licenses on December 17 and illegal cannabis retailers who were operating after legalization on October 17 will not be eligible to receive cannabis sales licenses.

The standalone stores will be allowed to operate between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m., and storefronts will be required to be at least 150 metres away from schools.

The attorney general's office released the regulations, saying they're aimed at protecting children and youth, keeping communities and roads safe, and combating the illegal cannabis market, the attorney general's office announced Wednesday evening.

"Our Government for the People will make an announcement about expanded retail hours for alcohol sales", the premier wrote.

In addition, the government is developing a plan to allow the sale of beer and wine in corner stores, but has not provided a timeline.

Anyone who has an association with a criminal organization will not be able to apply for a license.

On April 1, stand-alone cannabis stores will open in the province.

The Ontario government says a cannabis retail licence will not be issued to a corporation if more than 9.9 per cent of it is owned or controlled by one or more licensed marijuana producers or their affiliates. Cannabis shops will bar entry to anyone under the age of 19.

Additionally, the Ontario government has set a market concentration limit of 75 stores per operator. These operating hours are consistent with on-site retail stores for alcohol and will provide retailers with the flexibility to respond to local market conditions and consumer demands.

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