Article by Jim Moodie, The Sudbury Star
Day one for pot shopping might come a bit later than April 1, but when Sudbury’s two cannabis retailers do flip the signs on their doors to read “open,” they are anticipating a flood of patrons.
“If it’s anything like Alberta, there were four-hour lineups,” said Eddie Grinberg, spokesperson for the Highlife outlet taking shape in a former shoe store at the Silver Hills complex. “So we’ve geared up for that and we’re going to have 27 points of sale.”
Grinberg said there will also be licensed producers in the parking lot to provide information to customers who might have to wait a bit before getting in.
“We’re definitely expecting crowds,” he said.
That stampede won’t happen, however, until Friday of next week at the earliest.
Both Highlife and Canna Cabana, a similar business poised to open at the Four Corners, have now completed a stage for public input required of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, but each is still awaiting formal licensing.
“We’re busy getting ready but there’s still some bureaucracy on the government side, so we’re not likely to open April 1,” said Grinberg. “It’s looking more like April 5 now.”
Even that date is tentative, however, as it presumes the commission keeps “moving at the pace they’ve been moving,” said Grinberg. “There are numerous checks and they have third parties to do due diligence, which is requiring documentation, proof and all kinds of other things.”