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Ontario's Pot Restrictions Have Producers Seeking Workarounds

  • Not clear whether affiliated companies could open more stores
  • ‘This will create fertile ground for franchising,’ lawyer says
Inside The Canopy Growth Corp. Facility As Pot Growers Eye Global Expansion
Photographer: Chris Roussakis/Bloomberg

Ontario wants to keep marijuana retail in the hands of the little guy. The big players are already identifying ways around it.

The province, which will become the second-largest pot market in the world after California when Canada legalizes recreational use on Oct. 17, is restricting licensed producers to just one retail location. This means major players like Canopy Growth Corp. and Aurora Cannabis Inc. will only be allowed to operate one store on the site of a production facility, while the rest of the market will be opened to independent retailers.