More Than 50 New Licensed Cannabis Stores in Application Stage in Hamilton

Article by CANNABIS More than 50 new licensed cannabis stores in application stage in Hamilton By Ken Mann 900 CHML A map from the AGCO’s website shows potential locations for 53 Hamilton-area pot stores now in the application stage. AGCO / Open Street Map. AGCO / Open Street Map About a dozen licensed Cannabis stores are operating in Hamilton, with more than 50 others waiting for approval to open their doors. Global News

Several city councillors are voicing concerns about the proliferation of provincially-licensed cannabis stores in Hamilton.

Currently, there are about a dozen pot shops in operation throughout the city, but the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario website shows 53 others in the application stage.

Ward 8 Coun. John Paul Danko says they are “clustering” to target certain populations, pointing to Upper James Street on the central mountain where five of the proposed stores would be located.

Ward 14 Coun. Terry Whitehead is more specific about the clustering, pointing to St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School on the west mountain.

There are “two strip plazas within a two-minute walk of this school,” said Whitehead, “both these strip plazas have applications for marijuana shops — now think about that.”

The provincial government, in setting the rules for licensed cannabis stores, required a 150-metre buffer from schools.

That distancing requirement was a disappointment to Hamilton City Council, which had argued back in 2018, for a minimum 300-metre separation from sensitive land uses such as schools, parks and community centres.

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