It is hard to tell what constitutes a healthy cannabis market in Canada. Retail store numbers vary by province significantly, and the topic of “how many cannabis stores is too many” permeates the country. 

Part of the problem is that while Canada is federally legal, its provinces control retail sales and are varied in their approaches. Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia are leading the pack in number of stores and other provinces are quickly gaining ground.

Ontario reaches 800 stores and counting

The Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) announced that the province has reached 800 licensed retail stores. With the highest density of cannabis retail stores in the country, municipalities are hesitant to permit cannabis stores in their district.