In the Race to Get Ready for April 1, Only Some Pot Shops are at the Finish Line

Article by CBC News

In the race to get ready for April 1, only some pot shops are at the finish line Social Sharing Facebook Twitter Reddit LinkedIn Hard to predict how many stores around Ontario will actually be open on Monday, AGCO says  Queen Street West will soon be home to two of Toronto's five legal cannabis shops. (Google Maps)  Cannabis shops that have all their approvals can legally open on April 1, but currently, less than half of the 25 shops set to open provincewide are ready to do so. (David Horemans/CBC)

Ontario’s first legal cannabis retail shops are set to open their doors next week, but some of the 25 licence holders are still wading through the lengthy approval process and might not be ready for business.

Ontario is the last province in the country to open brick-and-mortar cannabis stores since Canada legalized recreational marijuana on Oct. 17, 2018. Currently, pot can only be legally purchased at Ontario’s government-run online store.

In Toronto, only one of the five shops set to open in the city have been issued their retail store authorization from the province as of Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the The Hunny Pot, at 202 Queen St. W., confirmed to CBC Toronto that it will be open for business on April 1 at 9 a.m.

Two stores, meanwhile, have finished their consultation period but don’t yet have the final green light from the province.

Two others have consultations ending next week and the week after, respectively, and won’t be able to open until then.

Heather Conlon is one of the operators waiting on a final authorization — but she’s hopeful she’ll get all of the approvals she needs in time for Monday.

She is the owner of Nova Cannabis, located a few blocks west of The Hunny Pot on Queen Street West.

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