Kingston Home to First of 4 Recreational Pot Shops in Ontario

Locations of Ontario's first four recreational pot shops have been announced, and Kingston is one of them.

It will be located at 770 Gardiners Road in the RioCan Centre.

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the Ontario Cannabis Store say the location complies with local zoning rules, minimize proximity to schools and factor in where illegal dispensaries are currently operating.

The other shops will be in Guelph, Toronto and Thunder Bay.

A total of 40 stores are expected to open this year and another 40 by July of next year.

Preliminary retail store designs are being developed that consider input received from municipalities, proposed federal regulatory requirements, and best practices from other jurisdictions that have legal cannabis retail stores.

Ontario was the first province to announce a detailed plan to sell and distribute recreational marijuana and will set the legal age to purchase pot at 19.

The province plans to set up roughly 150 standalone cannabis stores by 2020.

OCS stores will operate with the same care and expertise Ontarians have come to expect of the LCBO’s long-standing and reputable history of responsible retailing practices and promoting moderate consumption.

The federal government introduced legislation last April with a goal of legalizing and regulating the use of recreational pot by this summer, but left it up to individual provinces to design their own distribution system and usage regulations.