LCBO announces first 14 cities to have legal recreational marijuana shops

Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan, and Hamilton will have the first LCBO-run marijuana stores.

The landmark Cannabis Act paves the way for 150 standalone LCBO-run marijuana shops by 2020.
The landmark Cannabis Act paves the way for 150 standalone LCBO-run marijuana shops by 2020.  (David Rider / Toronto Star) | Order this photo  

Fourteen Ontario municipalities — including Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan, and Hamilton — will have the first LCBO-run recreational marijuana stores.

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario, which runs the new Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation (OCRC), announced the first wave of 40 stores on Friday.

While the exact locations remain to be determined, Barrie, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, and Windsor will also have the legalized weed stores.

“Over the coming weeks, staff from the Ministry of Finance and the LCBO will meet with staff at the identified municipalities to discuss the guidelines and process for sitting stores and local interests,” a statement read.

LCBO will run 150 standalone marijuana stores when weed is legalized. Government-controlled outlets and website will be the only place that cannabis can lawfully be purchased in Ontario when Ottawa legalizes sales on July 1.

“The guidelines will achieve our objectives of protecting youth by ensuring stores are not in close proximity to schools, while providing access within communities and addressing the illegal market,” the LCBO added.

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