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Ontario Cannabis Store to pilot same-day delivery of pot in Toronto

It will cost you $14, except it’s for a service that local Toronto dealers and illicit dispensaries are already providing for free

The last cannabis lottery was a complete gong show, with no new stores open to date due to lawsuits slowing down the process.

Now the province has announced a pilot project in Toronto for same-day and next-day delivery through its online retailer, the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS).

Same day delivery will cost you $14. For $12, you can make sure your supply arrives the next day. Except it’s for a service that local Toronto dealers and illicit dispensaries are already providing for free.

Ontario certainly has a long way to go compared to provinces like Alberta, which has 300 stores. In Saskatchewan and Manitoba, stores are already delivering directly to consumers.

As the most populous province, Ontario accounted for the highest cannabis sales this year despite having the fewest retail outlets of any province, with 24 stores. Ontario also has the highest concentration of cannabis license holders in Canada.

The lack of retail outlets has been blamed for poor sales across Canada in the first year of legalization. That number sits at around $1 billion nationally. But sales have been declining since the fall with many consumers still buying illegal cannabis.

Meanwhile, in BC, the province is welcoming legacy retailers who were selling prior to legalization. Some 70 per cent of current retail outlets that were doing business prior to legalization have been brought into the legal fold.

BY LISA CAMPBELL NOW MAGAZINE
READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE HERE: nowtoronto.com/news/ontario-legalization-same-day-delivery-doug-ford/

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