Article by Peter Smith, Daily Hive
The number of licensed cannabis retail outlets throughout Toronto is looking to make big climbs this year, as 2020 comes with a promise from the province to remove the cap on brick and mortar storefronts selling the drug throughout Ontario.
Toronto will definitely benefit from the change in approval, but with a cap still in place, here are all the locations the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has listed as potentially opening this year.
A long-time staple in the city’s cannabis community, Friendly Stranger announced on Thursday that they have licensed their name to six locations across Ontario, with two right here in Toronto.
- 237 Queen Street West, Toronto
- 501 Church Street, Toronto
Sessions on the Beaches
Not a lot is known about this particular brand. It made headlines recently as it fought a city councillor’s objection to its opening in close proximity to a Montessori School. Councillor Brad Bradford even ran a since-deleted petition trying to amend cannabis regulations to include a minimum distance from Montessori Schools.
- 964 Kingston Road, Toronto
One Plant Kensington Market
Part of a joint venture between Aleafia and the Serruya Family, One Plant is looking to open an Ontario location in the iconic Kensington Market.
- 241 Augusta Avenue, Toronto
Zoe’s Cannabis will be joining the fleet of locations opening up along Queen West in Toronto. The business is still waiting for final authorization to open, but has passed the public notice process.
- 1180 Queen Street West, Toronto
Located close to Osgoode Station and walking distance from a massive movie theatre, this store has a prime location, but not a set opening date.
- 244 Queen Street West
Part of a joint venture with National Access Cannabis (NAC) and Second Cup, Meta Cannabis has a commanding presence in western Canada, though this will be first in Toronto, another store in Kitchener is waiting for approval to open as well.
- 378 Yonge Street