A group comprised of cannabis business leaders and professionals is calling on Ontario’s government to deliver a additional total timetable for when retail shops will be permitted by way of an open allocation of licenses.

So far, the province has employed a botched lottery program to award possibilities to open recreational marijuana shops.

The Ontario Cannabis Policy Council (OCPC) desires the province to adopt a merit-primarily based, open allocation program of cannabis retail shops.

The group also released polling displaying that a majority of Ontarians assistance business involvement in the retail program.

Additional than 60% of Ontarians are “open or somewhat open” to private-sector involvement in the retail and distribution of adult-use cannabis, according to the survey, performed by Nanos for OCPC.

“Ontarians want to see additional private-sector involvement when it comes to how cannabis is purchased, sold and distributed in the province,” Fire & Flower CEO Trevor Fencott mentioned in a news release.

“The OCPC continues to get in touch with on the government to make the vital alterations to kick-begin Ontario’s legal recreational cannabis market place by creating a commitment to a clear timeline to open additional retail shops by way of an open allocation of licenses,” the group mentioned in a statement.

The Nanos survey located that:

  • 61% are open or somewhat open to private organizations becoming permitted to distribute cannabis involving producers and retailers.
  • 58% are open or somewhat open to private organizations becoming permitted to retail cannabis on line.

Earlier this week, Ontario declined to release essential information on when it will ramp up the quantity of adult-use cannabis shops beyond the smaller quantity that are currently operational.

As an alternative, the province reiterated a prior commitment to “an open allocation of cannabis retail retailer licenses exactly where the quantity of shops is restricted only by market place demand” in an undefined period of time.

The government also:

  • Unveiled plans to let shops to sell cannabis solutions on line for in-retailer pickup by buyers.
  • Reiterated a year-old pledge to sooner or later permitting “farm-gate” sales.

Craig Wiggins, managing director of market place researcher TheCannalysts, estimates the slow rollout of shops in Ontario has currently price the fledgling business 325 million Canadian dollars ($246 million) in foregone income.

Alberta has authorized 321 cannabis providers to open their doors, whereas Ontario has granted permission for 24 organizations to open so far.