Catharines snags one of first cannabis retail licences

Marco Green
March 10, 2019

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has approved the first three licenses for cannabis shops in the province, including the first store in Toronto.

The two other Toronto retail store applicants - Ameri at 20 Cumberland St. and Nova Cannabis at 499 Queen St. W - have yet to receive licences.

The licences were divided regionally, with five in the east of the province, seven in the west, two in the north, six in the Greater Toronto Area and five in Toronto.

The AGCO said inspections on the three locations are still in progress.

In addition to renovating the retail spaces to comply with the province's strict security regulations, all employees must undergo criminal background checks and complete a government-approved training program.

While the owner of The Hunny Pot wasn't available to comment, Ward 10 Spadina-Fort York City Councillor Joe Cressy, who represents the region where the store is located, couldn't be more excited for the store's impending launch of its retail cannabis operations.

The public notice period has also ended for a second cannabis store planned for south London, but a retail operator licence has not yet been issued.

Ontario awarded the rights to apply for the first 25 cannabis retail licences in a January 11 lottery that drew more than 17,000 expressions of interest.

Currently, recreational cannabis can only legally be purchased in Ontario through the Ontario Cannabis Store.

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