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Cannabis stores allowed to offer delivery and curbside pickup, new stores paused

Last Updated Apr 7, 2020 at 11:51 pm EDT

Just days after removing cannabis stores from the essential businesses list, forcing them to close, Ontario’s attorney general says the retailers will now be allowed to offer delivery and curbside pickup.

Attorney General Doug Downey tells CityNews they initially made the decision to remove the storefronts from the essential businesses list because cannabis was still available through mail order from the Ontario Cannabis Store website.

But, the government has since changed course to allow cannabis retailers to serve their customers and to combat the illegal market.

“Our touchstone is primarily the health and safety of Ontarians but also continuing to combat the illegal market. This allows us to do both,” said Downey.

In a release, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) said authorized cannabis retailers will be allowed to operate under this model and sell cannabis and other items seven days a week, between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.

The restriction of 30 grams of dried cannabis per transaction remains in place and all involved in the selling and delivery of cannabis must be CanSell certified.

In addition, the AGCO says it will not be authorizing any more cannabis retail stories until the province’s emergency order is lifted. It will continue to issue retail licenses and process store authorization applications so that businesses will be ready to move forward once restrictions are removed.

This order will last for the term of the province’s state of emergency.