Lineups for Opening Day at Ottawa’s 3 Retail Cannabis Shops

Article by CBC News

Lineups for opening day at Ottawa's 3 retail cannabis shops Social Sharing Facebook Twitter Reddit LinkedIn Shops open for business in Centretown, ByWard Market and Wellington West CBC News People line up outside the Fire & Flower retail cannabis shop on York Street in the ByWard Market for opening day. (CBC News) People line up for the opening of the Hobo Recreational Cannabis Storeon April 1, 2019. (Laurie Fagan/CBC)

All three private cannabis shops permitted to open in Ottawa as of today did so on time, while elsewhere in Ontario, some stores aren’t yet ready for customers.

Cynthia Judge lined up outside the Hobo Recreational Cannabis Store on Bank Street at 7 a.m.

It’s the same space the illegal cannabis dispensary Cannabis Culture used to operate out of before it was raided by police and its owners were evicted.

A former employee at Cannabis Culture, Shawn MacAleese, told CBC News he has doubts about the new store.

“They should be just as good as going to the LCBO and being able to talk to someone about wine,” he said.

“I’m interested to see if they actually do know what they’re talking about. I have good reason to believe that some of them might not.”

Cynthia Judge, who lined up outside the Hobo shop at 7 a.m., said she’s excited for the safety and security that comes with buying cannabis legally.

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