Article by Cheryl Browne, Barrie Advance via Simcoe.com
A budding business is awaiting two thumbs up in Elmvale.
An application to launch a ShinyBud Cannabis Co. store is open for residents to submit their concerns or congratulations with the Alcohol and Gaming Corporation of Ontario (AGCO) until Feb. 2.
Cathy Jamieson, a 50-year resident of Elmvale, said she isn’t concerned about a marijuana shop opening up at 29A Queen St. W.
“I have no problem with it anymore,” said Jamieson. “At least it’s not a crime anymore. The police used to arrest people for having a little bit in their pocket. Now they can go after the hard stuff (drugs).”
The AGCO’s Retail Store Authorization approval may take until the end of spring, said ShinyBud North York store manager Drew Reynolds; however, he isn’t concerned about residential backlash.
“At first, people were like, wary, but when they see people from every age group, the diversity (of customers) they don’t mind,” Reynolds said.
With five stores already up and running in the GTA, the business seems to be immune to the pandemic shut down.
“Business is fantastic — especially during COVID-19 — it’s booming,” he said.
With more than a dozen applications currently under review with the AGCO, the ShinyBud marijuana shop is pushing the recently launched Ogen and Gasberries strains from Alberta.
Reynolds said there was a three-month delay waiting for AGCO approval when they opened the North York store last January. However, the commission’s statement in December 2020 notes it has been given direction from the provincial government to double its approval rating from 40 to 80 applications each month.