An application has been made to turn one of Fort Erie’s oldest commercial buildings into a cannabis dispensary. The iconic stone building sits at the corner of the town’s two main roads, Jarvis Street and Central Avenue. It was built in 1902 and for about a century was directly across the street from town hall, until the municipal headquarters were moved across town to Garrison Road.
The application to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (which also regulates cannabis) was accepted in late December. The AGCO requires a 14-day public notice period for new cannabis stores, which for the new store on Jarvis Street, began on Dec. 31, 2020 and ends on Jan. 14. The application was made by True North Cannabis, the same company which has an outstanding application to turn the old KFC in Port Colborne into a cannabis store.
If approved, the store would become the second, licensed cannabis dispensary in Fort Erie, after the Cannabis Supply Co., which secured its licence to sell cannabis in August 2020 and opened that month.
In 2019, when Fort Erie voted to opt-in to allow cannabis retail stores, one of the primary concerns from the public was the placement of stores in proximity to local schools. The closest school to the proposed new cannabis store would be the Fort Erie International Academy which is about 500 metres down Central Avenue, followed by Our Lady of Victory Catholic Elementary School, which is another kilometre down Central Avenue.