Ontario to close cannabis stores, dubbing them ‘non-essential’ in updated emergency order

Ontario is changing course on allowing cannabis stores to remain open during the province’s emergency action in response to curtailing the spread COVID-19.

Cannabis stores were not listed in an updated list of “essential” busineses released by Ontario on Friday. The government is ordering all businesses not covered by the updated emergency order to close effective as of Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. and to remain closed for at least the next 14 days.

A senior Ontario government official confirmed to BNN Bloomberg that cannabis retail stores will be deemed non-essential and be required to close. Cannabis producers will be allowed to remain operational as they provide a medical product, the official said.

By David George-Cosh Bloomberg
Read More Here: www.bnnbloomberg.ca/ontario-to-close-cannabis-stores-dubbing-them-non-essential-in-updated-emergency-order-1.1417169

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