Ontario Update: REC Retail Lottery Opens and Quickly Becomes Clogged; Police Raid First Nation Dispensary

Friday, January 11th 2019
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Ontario opened its REC retail lottery to choose the 25 REC retailers which will be allowed to open April 1. Applicants across the province submitted their bids on Monday.

  • The province will announce winners on Friday.
  • Once selected, lottery winners will have to move fast to open for April 1, particularly considering the threat of $12,500 weekly fines if stores are not open.
  • The lottery only decides who will have the right to apply for licenses. Lottery winners will have five business days to begin the license application process.
    Ottawa Citizen, The Star
  • Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli stressed the 25-store cap is “only temporary.” He blamed the supply shortage on the federal government and said, “Once the federal government can guarantee a better supply then we know we'll begin to issue more licences as we go along.” CTV News
  • In a statement seemingly at odds with the lottery process, Fedeli said the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will handle the licensing process and “we know they're going to give the retail operator licences to the most qualified people as well in that grouping that win. They'll make sure that these are qualified people before they grant their licence.” He clarified he meant all of those qualified to enter the lottery will be considered qualified. CBC Toronto
  • Though very unlikely, it’s possible Ottawa could “lose” the lottery and end up with no stores. CBC Ottawa

The Ontario Public Sector Employees’ Union, a staunch opponent of both Doug Ford and his government’s decision to privatise cannabis retail, revealed the government’s secret cannabis warehouse is located in Oakville, along with the name of the company running it—Domain Logistics—which the Ford government had previously declined to make public.

Twitter—Richard Southern (680 News Reporter)

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