Ex-Doug Ford transition member: Decision

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A key member of latest Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s internal circle has joined the board of Toronto-based Cronos Group – and he believes the brand new premier might decide on how hashish shall be bought in Canada’s largest market inside weeks.

Mike Coates, who labored within the Ford “war room” through the current election marketing campaign after which on his transition staff, joined the Cronos board on the finish of June.

“Doug is a businessman, he’s a pragmatist, and he will take a look at the policy realm that he’s responsible for,” he advised Marijuana Business Daily in an interview. “I would say that everything would be on the table, from what Premier Wynne was prepared to put in place, straight through to a private sector solution to distribution.”

Coates doesn’t at present have any position within the Ford authorities. He stated whereas the choice could possibly be made quickly, an announcement might come down the street.

The new authorities is claimed to be reconsidering the plan hatched by former Premier Kathleen Wynne to promote leisure hashish in a small variety of government-owned tales beginning Oct. 17.

But the province has put efforts to signal leases for Ontario Cannabis Store retailers on maintain whereas it mulls the attainable shift.

The government-run monopoly retailer was left with out everlasting management when its president was just lately reassigned to a special authorities publish.

Entrepreneurs hope that private-sector participation within the new business is finally allowed.

Cronos is considered one of 113 licensed marijuana cultivators racing to increase capability forward of the Oct. 17 legalization date.

The firm just lately introduced plans to assemble an 850,000-square-foot, 70,000-annual-kilogram-capacity greenhouse.

Coats brings to Cronos a deep information of presidency coverage and the gamers concerned in making key selections.

“(The marijuana industry) is the most exciting thing to come along since the internet,” Coates stated. “It’s a brand-new, authorized enterprise that may prolong from medical and pharmaceutical, all the best way to leisure.

“It could be bigger than beer, wine and tobacco put together.”

Matt Lamers may be reached at [email protected]

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