August 20, 2018 10:16 pm

Ontario Cannabis Store says 26 licensed producers will supply online retail platform

WATCH ABOVE: The Ford Government's plan to hand over marijuana sales to private stores also allows municipalities to opt out altogether. Already several locations in the GTA are deciding to just say no to storefront locations. As Matthew Bingley reports, many Ontarians will have to stick to online sales come next April.

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TORONTO – The Ontario Cannabis Store says it has partnered with 26 licensed producers for its online retail platform.

The store, which will be Ontario’s only online retailer when recreational marijuana is legalized in the fall, says Monday that the supply agreements with Health Canada-authorized producers were competitive.

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The online retailer says it will sell a variety of products, including dried flower, cannabis oil and cannabis seeds, to customers 19 and older when pot becomes legal on Oct. 17.

READ MORE: Marijuana to be sold through private retailers, online in Ontario

Supply agreements with cannabis accessory suppliers are also in the works, the Ontario Cannabis Store (OSC) says, adding that it plans to expand the selection of its available products over time.

The OSC says to ensure products are delivered to homes safely, it will have a verification system in place.

It says it will also establish a wholesale distribution network to supply pot in private stores.

READ MORE: Ontario government still working out details on rules for new marijuana plan

The Progressive Conservative’s new plan to have cannabis sold through a private retail model is a contrast to the Liberals plan for a provincial government monopoly on cannabis sales.

The province was to operate 150 brick-and-mortar stores by 2020, but the new plan means sales at physical stores won’t start until April 2019.

© 2018 The Canadian Press

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