Article by Lisa Polewski, Global News
Hamilton’s second licensed cannabis store is open for business.
The Hello Cannabis Store, located on Cootes Drive in Dundas, officially opened its doors to customers on Friday morning.
Santino Coppolino, who was one of two Hamiltonians selected in the province’s cannabis retail lottery, said he’s excited to work with Hello Cannabis, which has run a medicinal cannabis clinic in Dundas for years.
“They’ve been in it for a while and they had a pretty good reputation,” said Coppolino, who is getting into the cannabis industry for the first time. “And I needed some help because this happened really quick. And they’ve been consultants and they’ve been very good.”
Stephen Verbeek is the CEO of Hello Cannabis and the lead consultant for the store. He said the store has a diverse staff, selected from 800 applications over a period of a week, and he has told them that nothing ever goes to plan in the cannabis industry.
“The process has certainly not been smooth,” said Verbeek. “But it’s so exciting and such a wonderful opportunity that you do take things in stride, and if you can’t laugh and learn to pivot at some of these things, it’s a very fast way to lose your mind.”