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The government of Ontario announced on Monday that it has pushed back its plan for private retail brick and mortar cannabis stores to April of 2019. 

The announcement comes just a few weeks after recently elected Premier Doug Ford said that he will implement private cannabis sales rather than through the original model of the LCBO. 

The delay is due to the lengthy amount of time that it takes to implement a private model. The province still needs to conduct consultations, go through a tender license, and award licenses, a process that some say will take much longer than the six months currently budgeted. 

Come legalization on October 17th however, the government will have its online retail channel set up, meaning that consumers will be able to order cannabis online and have it delivered. This platform will continue even after the private stores are implemented, as well the original plan to have the LCBO’s cannabis branch as the only wholesaler will go on. 

Source: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-13/ontario-delays-private-marijuana-stores-as-legalization-looms

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