The Ontario government will allow legal cannabis to be sold in private stores, a reversal of the previous Liberal government’s decision to give the provincial liquor regulator exclusive rights over retail sales.

Under former premier Kathleen Wynne, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario was to have a monopoly of weed sales in the province, with 40 stores to open in 2018, followed by 80 in 2019 and 150 by 2020.

Sources told VICE News that Premier Doug Ford’s government is planning to overturn that decision, allowing for private retailers to sell weed in Ontario. Industry insiders wrote on social media on Thursday that the Ontario government will officially make the announcement on July 31, and that the province will still oversee the wholesale distribution of the product and online sales.

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