A new cannabis store is looking to spark up Temagami’s economy.
Temagami Cannabis Company, owned and operated by Barry Graham, is set to open for curbside pick-up and online orders on Saturday, May 8, at its 6 Lakeshore Drive location.
It’s a business venture that has been in the works for over a year.
“We began the process over a year ago and it has been an arduous undertaking with meeting all of the demands of AGCO (Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario) and trying to find a bank because the big banks don’t touch cannabis stores,” explained Graham in a telephone interview.
Graham explained that the partnership to run the cannabis company includes himself and Karen Warzondk.
He said that he felt there was a need for a cannabis dispensary in the Temagami area because there was “an awakening with the positive effect of natural cannabis products,” as opposed to pharmaceuticals.
“I’ve been using (cannabis) for years. I make my own CBD oil and it has relieved my sleeplessness, it’s relieved my arthritis, so I felt with its legalization that Temagami being isolated from any other community that there’s certainly a known demand within this community, why not make it convenient for them,” he said.
Graham said that the early reception to the new cannabis store has been positive.
“We’ve had no negative feedback whatsoever,” he noted.