A Decision to Make: Erin to Consider Opting-In to Retail Cannabis

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CANADA A decision to make: Erin to consider opting-in to retail cannabis Jr By Joshua Santos, Local Journalism Initiative reporterOrangeville Banner

Leslie Best has two children who’ve exhibited sudden changes in behaviour, personality and movement.

She would find out they have pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcus (PANDAS). She worked extensively with physicians to try to get a prescription for cannabidiol (CBD) oil for her children in the days when cannabis was illicit across the nation. A storefront would allow her easier access to purchase products. It would benefit her.

“You’re getting high-end people,” said Best, a resident of Erin and owner of the Village Bee Company. “People that want a regulated product, advice from an educated staff member and quality community members that are curious and want the experience of this in town.”

A pair of entrepreneurs are hoping to open a retail cannabis store in Erin. The only hitch? Council previously opted out of allowing them.

After a presentation during a recent Erin council meeting, council is now asked to reconsider that decision.

According to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, Ontario municipalities had a one-time option to opt-out of having cannabis retail stores in their communities.

Municipalities that chose to opt-out can opt back in at any time — but once they are in, they may no longer opt-out.

Cannabis Cannabis is a brand focused on holistically consuming pot. Jordan Eady, the CEO, has been an entrepreneur his whole life, while his fiancée Leigh Hoby has always had a strong passion for design and architecture.

“We both enjoy Cannabis and the many benefits,” said Eady. “We saw an opportunity to be able to build a company together, a company that helps educate people about the wonders of cannabis.”

They want to create a store people feel comfortable going into and want to break the stigma that some people have with cannabis.

“Opening in a small town gives us the opportunity to incorporate suggestions from residents and give back to the community,” said Eady.

As the regulator for private cannabis retail in Ontario, the AGCO can license, regulate and enforce the sale of recreational cannabis in privately run stores in Ontario.

Those wishing to apply for a retail operator licence to operate will need to submit to supporting documents such as financial statements, personal history and tax assessments.

To apply for a Retail Store Authorization (RSA), the applicant must either hold a licence by the AGCO or have submitted an application for a licence with the AGCO.

A cannabis retail store must be the only business that operates out of the proposed location. It cannot operate as a restaurant, coffee shop, pharmacy or a convenience store on the side.

For an RSA to be issued, store operators cannot have cannabis and accessories visible from the windows, must have a secure, high-resolution camera system and cannabis must be stored securely at all times.

Further, a store location will be inspected by an AGCO compliance official to confirm and verify if the proprietor met all the aforementioned requirements.

The applicant will then have to posts placecards at the proposed store where a 15-day public notice period begins.

This is when residents and municipalities can make written submissions to the applicant and AGCO.

Best hopes Erin council gives the green light to allow recreational cannabis stores in town.

Her children were exhibiting tics, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and speech problems.

Doctors were prescribing them daily antibiotics for months. She asked her physicians about prescriptions for CBD, but ended up receiving one from her pediatrician.

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