Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Highlights of Ontario's New Marijuana Legislation

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Highlights of Ontario's New Marijuana Legislation

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Highlights of Ontario's marijuana bill

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TORONTO - Ontario's proposed marijuana legislation will, if passed, establish regulations to govern the sale of recreational pot in the province. Here are some highlights of the new bill:

--Sets the legal age to use, buy or cultivate marijuana at 19.

--Bans cannabis use in public places, workplaces and vehicles.

--Creates a provincial retailer, a subsidiary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, which will open and operate 150 standalone stores to sell cannabis by 2020. The first 40 will open by July 2018, with that number rising to 80 by July 2019.

--Establishes a penalty structure to crack down on illegal storefront dispensaries. The maximum fine for unlawful cannabis sales by an individual is set at $250,000 and two years less a day in jail. …

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