On October 17th, 2018 the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) will open their web portal for sales.
Until April 2019 that is the only legal means to obtain cannabis, online, that’s it.
Any retail storefront & dispensary is Black Market.
I’ve yet to see how the OCS will compared to existing and established MoMs (Mail Order Marijuana) that exists now.
There will also be a vibrant but I believe small group of enthusiast home growers that may never purchase cannabis again.
Storefront Dispensary (Black Market?)
In Toronto right now, you can pretty much purchase weed at a storefront dispensary or have it delivered to your home via many online distributors or from the dispensaries themselves.
This has been the way of purchasing cannabis for quite some time here but the physical dispensaries are constantly butting heads with law enforcement and getting raided randomly here and there.
Since the Ontario Cannabis Store is being pretty much shelved and being used for online sales come legalization it’s doubtful that people will be flocking full surge to buy their wares from the government site.
Physical dispensaries will be allowed to proliferate and be owned by small businesses/big business in Ontario after April 2019.
No one knows yet how much a license will cost to sell or what will be put forward to facilitate the legal selling here as of yet outside of that one website.
All we know is that opening this up to everyone will have major growth potential.
I’m hoping to see a lot of the current dispensaries operating legally and new ones as well.
It’s going to be pretty cool I think next spring.
Pretty certain a lot of the local dispensaries are going to close their doors just before October 17th, 2018.
The federal penalties built into the law are pretty harsh.
I think only a couple dispensary owners have come out to say they are staying open, but that’s pretty much painted a target on themselves.
They don’t intend on going away just waiting a few months to get into the game.
I personally know 3 vape store owners and 2 dispensary owners who will protect their capital, close their doors, and bid for retail.
Anything else is just begging for the stick. Millions in fines for both the dispensary and its retail landlord.
Any dispensary that’s still open come the 17th will be pretty obvious come legalization.
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Canada’s Legalization Approach (What’s The Issue?)
The way the Canadian government has approached the issue of marijuana legalization is flawed.
Their position of granting provinces decide how to approach weed is concerning.
Why? Every province is deciding their own rules to cannabis.
The individual provincial laws are confusing Canadian travelers who regularly consume cannabis.
What amount of weed can I bring to Alberta as opposed to Ontario?
Can I bring cannabis on my flight?
What kind of fines will I face if I’m caught smoking in the public in Edmonton as opposed to Toronto?
This is the least of my concerns however.
The biggest problem is the pricing of cannabis.
At the moment, OCS sells 1 gram of cannabis for anywhere between 10-15 dollars.
This is almost double the current Mail-In-Order (MOM) prices.
Many MOMs sell their cannabis at a rate of 1 ounce of cannabis for 100 dollars Canadian.
The OCS has a lot of catching up to do if it ever wants to compete with non-government owned dispensaries in the future.
OCS might convince regular people away from drug dealers, but their prices are not competitive enough for those who are very used to buying weed from dealers, let alone MOMs which are more “secure”.
Not to mention, OCS customers are not pleased with their product packaging and order delays.
Most MOM transactions are done through e-transfers and the orders made online.
However, none of the MOM cannabis products undergo proper quality control, and it’s unclear if it’s safety to consume MOM cannabis.
Until the day OCS and other cannabis selling government agencies make their pricing more competitive, MOMs and street dealers will continue to stay in business.