Sault Ste. Marie’s cannabis store remains in a hold mode as the dispute over the province’s licencing lottery system continues to weave its ways through the judicial system.
To date, the City of Sault Ste. Marie has not received any additional information pertaining to the cannabis legislation, or the potential store, said Tessa Vecchio.
The provincial dispute over the licencing lottery system continues. Almost a dozen disqualified Ontario cannabis store applicants are appealing a ruling that dismissed their court motion that they were unfairly disqualified because they didn’t meet timelines laid out for submitting documents under the province’s Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario process.
Those appellants are claiming that the notification system which followed after the lottery was flawed. In some cases emails to the applicants were never received and follow up letters were received days into the five business day window they had to turn in their application, fees and proof of credit.
In August, it was announced that an applicant had been selected through the lottery process to open a cannabis store in Sault Ste. Marie.
Thomas Miszuk has been selected to apply for one of 42 additional cannabis retail stores moving ahead in Ontario, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario website states.
The proposed store address is 317 Northern Ave. E., the same plaza that’s home to Domino’s Pizza.
But the legal action paused the process that would have seen a second series of stores – about 40 more — open in Ontario.
Earlier this year Sault Ste. Marie city council passed a bylaw to ensure that cannabis retail stores are not located with 150 metres of schools, parks, community centres or existing treatment facilities.
The council resolution also required city staff to provide AGCO with a copy of the preferred Sault Ste. Marie requirements map. It also requested the opportunity to comment on all proposed local store locations to AGCO.
The city has also mapped out areas where it believes cannabis stores could be located by meeting the designated criteria. The city had never received any feedback from the province on its position.