Article by Wayne Lowrie, Recorder & Times
Cannabis retail is on a bit of a roll in the Brockville area, with four pot shops awaiting provincial approval.
The latest application to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission comes from the small village of Lansdowne, population of only 550.
The aptly named Bud Bank – it would be located in the former BMO building at 1136 Prince Street – applied this week for a cannabis licence. People have until June 10 to file objections or comments to the provincial regulator.
Fifteen kilometres west on County Road 2, Cannabis Bazaar, at 210 King Street East in Gananoque, is further along with its application. The deadline for objections ended on Tuesday of this week.
Also in the pipe are applications for two pot shops in Smiths Falls, which is home to Canopy Growth, one of Canada’s largest cannabis growers.
Canopy Growth has applied to set up a Tweed retail store at its plant at the old Hershey’s Chocolate factory at 1 Hershey Drive. That application is still pending approval by the provincial commission. (The company already operates 23 Tokyo Smoke and Tweed weed stores in Newfoundland, Saskatchewan and Manitoba but temporarily closed them in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.)
Also in Smiths Falls, T-Cannabis has applied for approval of its retail store at 4 Russell Street. The last day to object to the application was Tuesday.
Earlier this month, Sessions Cannabis announced it would open a store in Brockville at 2441 Parkedale Avenue, beside Gabriel Pizza near the 1000 Islands Mall. It would be one of 30 stores across Ontario that it wants to open this year. Sessions said it hoped to apply to the provincial commission for a licence later this summer.
The applications for cannabis stores in the United Counties of Leeds and Greville and Lanark County became possible after the provincial government loosened its restrictions on cannabis applications. Previously, it allowed applications only from retailers in municipalities of 50,000 population or more, which ruled out Leeds and Grenville and Lanark counties.