Article by Shawn Gibson, Barrie Today
The first wave of the cannabis lottery licences has passed the city by, but the folks at Liquid Chrome in dowtown Barrie say they still have hopes of getting the much-sought-after provincial stamp of approval for carrying a supply of marijuana.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) sent out information to potential cannabis retailers in early January with a lottery naming the first 25 recipients of a licence.
While some were upset that they may not have made that first round, the lottery list was dependent on those named completing all of the provincial requirements.
Liquid Chrome assistant manager Eric Batters told BarrieToday that, while he hasn’t heard anything about the Dunlop Street shop getting the cannabis go-ahead, it doesn’t mean they’re never going to get a licence.
“We haven’t heard anything directly, but nothing has changed from the start of the lottery,” said Batters. “We’re still on the waitlist, as is everyone else who is waiting.
“From my understanding, the hold-up is the fact that the government is behind on their product and merely handing out licences as they are able,” Batters added. “Truthfully, we may get our licence when the whole thing is just not newsworthy at all.”