At First Cannabis Store in Toronto, ‘Everything We Planned For is Happening’ — While Supplies Last

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At first cannabis store in Toronto, ‘everything we planned for is happening’ — while supplies last By Jason MillerStaff Reporter Joseph Hall Fitness trainer Marie Kamora and lawyer Caryma Sa'd were camped out all day (and night) outside of Hunny Pot Cannabis Co. on Queen St. West, hoping to be the first to legally buy weed at a retail store in Toronto on Monday morning. "It will be great to ... see what the first consumer experience is like," Sa'd said. (TONY WONG /TORONTO STAR)

Despite a 45-minute wait to get in the store, Taylor Stevenson, bouncy and hipster-bearded, was over the moon.

“I love it, I love it all,” said Stevenson, as he was leaving The Hunny Pot Cannabis Co. store on Queen St. W. on Monday afternoon, with a full bag of pot purchases.

“It was wonderful,” said the east-ender. “Just wonderful.”

Opening day for the only one of Toronto’s five allotted cannabis stores to meet the province’s April 1 deadline saw snaking lineups of 100 or more people from the 9 a.m. opening through late afternoon.

“Seeing this come to life has just been an amazing experience,” said Hunny Gawri, the store’s owner. “Everything we planned for is happening, now it’s just a matter of rolling out the kinks as anything happens,” Gawri said, looking out over his bustling, four-level store.

Commenting on the throngs, Gawri said a number of factors contributed to the press of people that lined up outside for most of the day.

“There’s the fact that the cannabis community itself (has) so many enthusiasts out there,” he said. “And the fact that there are no other Toronto stores open right now.”

Gawri said he’d have enough product at least through Tuesday, but that things might get tight if none of the other four stores opened soon after. That may be iffy, given a Star survey Monday of the city’s other four locations, all downtown.

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