Ontario could have up to 1,000 private pot shops after recreational cannabis is legalized, the province's Progressive Conservatives said Thursday, significantly more stores than planned under the previous Liberal government.
While introducing legislation to create a regulatory regime for cannabis sales, the government said it expected a flood of applications from those looking to run the private stores that will open next April and noted that they would be vetted very carefully by the province's Alcohol and Gaming Commission.
"There will be, I'm sure, a lot of applications to the AGCO and they're going to have a lot of work in order to do the due diligence that's required," said Attorney General Caroline Mulroney. " I don't expect that all applications will be granted immediately."
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