Article by Jon Wells, The Hamilton Spectator
The 25 winners in the province’s pot lottery have been announced, including four applicants in Hamilton according to a local cannabis consultant.
Now it’s up to city council to decide Monday whether to approve legal cannabis stores in the city.
Ontario’s Alcohol and Gaming Commission released results of its lottery Friday night, with seven applicants in the west region, that includes Hamilton, randomly picked to apply for retail pot licences.
An additional 20 applicants in the region are on a waiting list in case any of the winners falter in the process; they have five business days to submit applications along with a $6,000 fee and $50,000 letter of credit.
There were 16,905 “expressions of interest” for applications included in the lottery — 12,294 in the west region.
Hamilton’s Olivia Brown, who owns Professional Cannabis Consulting, which has an office on Sherman Ave. N., said four of the west region applicants picked are based in the city.
(Six applicants in the Greater Toronto Area region were picked, and five in the Toronto region.)
Brown was part of a team vying to open a store at 1146 Barton St. E. and was disappointed her own application was not among those picked, but said she is pleased one of the four clients she has been consulting was selected.