Article by Rob Gowan, Owen Sound Sun Times
There are now eight applications for licensed bricks and mortar cannabis retail stores in Grey-Bruce, but still none have opened in the two counties.
Sauble Beach is the latest community to join the list of those where an application has been made to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario for the establishment of a cannabis retail store.
The application for Moonfire Cannabis at 329 Main St., Unit 3 in Sauble Beach is in the public notice period until Aug. 15.
Raymond Kahnert, senior advisor of communications with AGCO, said via e-mail on Tuesday afternoon that residents have until midnight on Aug. 15 to submit a comment on the proposed location, and the AGCO encourages all residents of the community, as well as municipal officials, to submit comments.
“The AGCO Registrar considers all available information in order to make a decision if an authorization for a proposed location is in the public interest,” Kahnert wrote.
An application for a store called Bitz n Budz at 554 Goderich St. in Port Elgin saw its public notice period end on Tuesday.
All other applications in Grey-Bruce are listed as “in progress” on the AGCO website. They include Cannabis Grey Bruce at 236 8th St. E. in Owen Sound, Capturing Eden at 973 2nd Ave. W. in Owen Sound, Chill Blue Mountain at 170 Jozo Weider Blvd., Unit P1-12 in Town of the Blue Mountains, Budzz Pot Shop at 5026 Hwy. 21 in Port Elgin, Cannabis Grey Bruce at 17 Albert St. in Southampton and Cannabis Legend at 206 Durham St. E., Unit A in Walkerton.
Kahnert said that the eligibility and due diligence process was continuing for those applicants who had completed the public notice period, but he could not provide any information as to when that process would conclude for those proposals.
“Each store applicant is at a different stage of the licensing process,” Kahnert wrote, adding that the process includes two stages: an applicant must have applied for, or received, a Retail Operator Licence (ROL); and the applicant submits a request for a Retail Store Authorization (RSL) for a proposed location.
As of Tuesday, AGCO had received approximately 1,000 ROL applications and 900 RSA applications.
Kahnert said 129 stores were open across the province as of Tuesday, but that status could change daily.