Since our previous article on this topic, the Ontario Government has removed cannabis retail stores from the list of essential workplaces. The cannabis community has been vocal in its disagreement with the decision. As of yesterday, April 7, 2020, the Ontario Government issued an emergency order (the “Order”) to reopen cannabis stores on a limited basis in order to curtail the illicit market during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Order has been issued for a period of 14 days, however it is subject to extension. MORE.