Lack of cannabis retail stores in Waterloo region means black market will carry on: Police chiefPosted by On

When 25 retail cannabis stores are allowed to open in the province on Monday, none will be having a grand opening in Waterloo region and that’s a problem for police, says Chief Bryan Larkin.

The provincial government opted to allow a limited number of stores to open as of April 1, although not all of them will be ready to open on Monday. Those who are permitted to open won a lottery for cannabis retail store licenses and learned of their win in January.

Waterloo region was not chosen by any of the winners as a location for a store. The closest retail stores will be in London, the Hamilton area and Toronto. People can also purchase pot online.

“It’s unfortunate,” Larkin said in an interview with CBC Kitchener-Waterloo.

“One of the key recommendations of the end of prohibition of cannabis … it was designed to actually create a regulated, controlled and lawful market and so it’s…

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