Tag: Premier Doug Ford


Cannabis Cafes, Special Occasion Permits Should Be Priority for Province Says Local Advocate


Before the pandemic began, the Ontario government held consultations on whether to allow cannabis lounges, cafes and “special occasional permits” for pot — which would allow for sales at places like festivals. Premier Doug Ford’s government has stated its ultimate goal for cannabis is an open market, but at this point it continues to control all legal sales through the Ontario Cannabis Store, which has reported an uptick in online purchases during the pandemic. While…


Cannabis Retailers Applaud Province’s About-Face on Delivery, Pickup


Ford government originally closed all pot stores April 4. Cannabis retailers in Ottawa are breathing a sigh of relief after the provincial government reversed a decision that would have forced private pot shops to completely shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 3, Premier Doug Ford expanded the province’s list of non-essential business to include cannabis stores. Four days later, the province issued an emergency order allowing those stores to both deliver and offer…