Canada's Ontario signs online supply deals for recreational marijuana

An employee holds marijuana in front of a modified Canadian flag with a marijuana leaf while posing in a photo illustration at a dispensary in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

TORONTO (Reuters) - Ontario, Canada’s biggest province, has signed agreements with 26 cannabis producers including Canopy Growth Corp, Aurora Cannabis Inc and Aphria Inc to supply products when it begins online sales of recreational marijuana in October.

The selected companies, which also include Hydropothecary Corp, Tilray Canada Inc, and CannTrust Holdings Inc, will supply the province with dried flower, cannabis oil and cannabis seeds, the provincial government said in an emailed statement late Monday.

Recreational sales are set to begin Oct. 17 across Canada, making it the only Group of Seven nation to legalize marijuana. But Ontario’s newly elected Progressive Conservative government said last week there will only be online sales until April, after which private retailers will be allowed to operate, in an about-face from its Liberal predecessor’s plans for government-run stores.

Other suppliers include MedReleaf, which was acquired by Aurora earlier this year, Hiku Brands, which is being taken over by Canopy and Aphria-owned Broken Coast Cannabis.

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Reporting by Nichola Saminather; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe