ABOVE: Ontario government gives details on where recreational marijuana will be sold and who will be able to buy it.
Ontario residents will be able to buy recreational marijuana at 150 government-run stores by 2020.
The stores will operate separately from the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s current outlets. People will also be able to buy it online.
Ontario’s Liberal government made the announcement Friday, and said the minimum age for cannabis use in Ontario will be 19-years-old, the same as alcohol use.
The federal government introduced legislation in April with a goal of legalizing and regulating the use of recreational pot by July 1, 2018.
Cannabis users will only be able to smoke the substance in private residences — not on streets or in bars.
It will also be sold behind a counter “and cannot be sold alongside alcohol,” Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said.
But when asked whether the government will allow pot in bars and restaurants in the future, Naqvi said it’s a possibility.
The move will see marijuana dispensaries, which have sprung up around the province, closed.
The locations of the stores would be determined after municipalities are consulted. Pricing is also set to be determined at a later date.
With files from the Canadian Press
ABOVE: The federal government plans to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by July 1, 2018 and leave it up to the provinces and territories to oversee distribution and sales.