Article by Ashley Taylor, Simcoe Reformer
A Hamilton man is behind the proposed Village Cannabis Co. store in Port Dover.
“I’ve been coming to Port Dover since I was a little kid, like everybody from Hamilton,” Conrad Floyd said in a phone interview this week.
Floyd is in the process of opening Village Cannabis Co., which would be the first legal cannabis dispensary in Norfolk County.
Village Cannabis Co. has a notice from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario posted in the storefront window at 237 Main St. The notice for the Port Dover location closes on July 21.
There is a 15-day public notice period for proposed cannabis stores, a requirement for an applicant to receive a retail store authorization. During that time, a municipality or its residents can write a submission to the commission if it’s felt the proposed store isn’t in the public interest as set out in the regulations under the Cannabis Licence Act. That includes protecting public health and safety; protecting youth and restricting their access to cannabis; and preventing illicit activities in relation to cannabis.
Floyd entered the first lottery to be one of the business owners to open a cannabis retail shop back in 2018, but was unsuccessful. Now, he has shops on the waiting list in Port Dover, Crystal Beach and Muskoka.
“I love the beach, and my business is focusing on beachy cottage communities,” he said. “With the name Village, we like to be in little villages. Our slogan is ‘It Takes a Village to Grow.’”
Getting to this point in the application process has taken a while.
“It’s been pretty stringent,” said Floyd. “It’s a fairly lengthly process, only because of the amount of applicants. The AGCO has been super helpful guiding us along the way.”
In terms of a timeline, with COVID-19, supply, and the AGCO waitlist, Floyd expects to be open at some point in early 2021.
“This is grassroots cannabis, I’m looking forward to growing with the town of Port Dover. I can’t wait, I’m super excited.”