Ontario, Canada Swiftly Reopens Provincial Cannabis Shops

Cannabis retailers in Ontario were allowed to reopen for curbside pickup and deliver on Tuesday under an emergency order issued by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). The move reverses an order issued by the province last week that deemed recreational marijuana shops nonessential businesses and directed them to close to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Under the temporary order, licensed recreational marijuana retailers will be permitted to take orders and process payments online or via telephone for home delivery or curbside pickup by customers. Sales will be permitted every day from the hours of 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. The temporary order does not change the cap on purchases that limits sales to 30 grams of dried cannabis or the equivalent per transaction.

Customers must pay for their orders in advance over the phone or online. When a customer arrives for curbside pickup, the order will be brought to them outside in the product’s original packaging. Payment onsite will not be permitted, and transactions must be captured on the retailer’s video surveillance system.

Emergency Order Reverses Previous Closure

Ontario’s emergency order marks the second time in less than a week that the provincial

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