The sky's the limit for private pot shops in Ontario, and recreational tokers will be able to fire up wherever it's legal to puff on cigarettes under new legislation being introduced by Doug Ford's Progressive Conservative government.
There will be no ceiling on the number of stores allowed to get provincial licences if their applications make the grade, Attorney General Caroline Mulroney and Finance Minister Vic Fedeli said Wednesday.
Liberal MPP Nathalies Des Rosiers (Ottawa-Vanier), a lawyer, said she was surprised and concerned to learn there will be no cap on the number of stores, despite government promises the industry will be "tightly regulated."
"Other provinces have put a cap ... I hope they are ready to have a robust monitoring way of dealing with all these stores," she said.
"If you're opening the market to all these new licences you know it's not going to be a carefully planned approach. The market will dictate."