Ontario to extend alcohol sales hours to align with legal cannabis shops

Ontario Establishes Strict Regulations for the Licensing and Operation of Private Cannabis Stores

In a media statement the Ontario Government says, "The result of widespread consultations with the people of Ontario, these regulations provide clarity for a private recreational cannabis store system that will begin April 1, 2019, under the close oversight of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)".

Many locations now close between 9 and 10 p.m.

Those looking to make late-night booze runs are in luck, as the provincial government announced the LCBO will soon be open from 9 am to 11 pm, seven days a week, as part of the 2018 Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review.

In a tweet, Premier Doug Ford alluded to the store hour changes, saying more details would be announced sometime Thursday.

"We welcome the government's decision to extend permissible retail operating hours for beverage alcohol", an LCBO Spokesperson told Daily Hive.

There is no word on when the changes to LCBO hours would take effect or if every liquor store in the province would operate under the new hours.

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No one under the age of 19 will be allowed to enter the store. Those who were previously operating a pot shop illegally will not be eligible for a licence nor will anyone who was involved or associated with organized crime.

Under former Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne's plan for recreational cannabis, the product would have been sold out of government stores that were a minimum of 450 metres from schools.

A requirement for all private recreational cannabis retail storefronts to be stand-alone stores only.

Requirement that individuals or entities applying for an operator licence demonstrate their tax compliance status to show that they are in good standing with the government.

Retail managers and employees must complete approved training in the responsible sale of cannabis.

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