Ontario Regulator to Ramp Up Number of Cannabis Dispensary Licenses it Issues this Fall

Article by Jelena Cikes, Green Camp

Home / News / Ontario regulator to ramp up number of pot shop licenses it issues this fall Drawing of a curve going up over shopping carts, and Ontario coat of arms Ontario regulator to ramp up number of pot shop licenses it issues this fall BY JELENA CIKES, September 7, 2020 Ontario is on pace to see 40 new pot shops licensed this fall as the province’s cannabis retail store regulator announced it is doubling the number of licenses it issues. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), responsib

Ontario is on pace to see 40 new pot shops licensed this fall as the province’s cannabis retail store regulator announced it is doubling the number of licenses it issues.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), responsible for regulating cannabis retail stores in the province, announced it will double store authorizations at the government’s direction. So far, the AGCO issued 164 licenses, 150 of which have opened shop in Ontario. Some 900 applicants are currently waiting to open cannabis retail shops.

In Toronto, Ontario’s capital and largest city, over a hundred pot shops are waiting to secure approval, while 53 have already opened.

“The AGCO will soon contact all affected retail store applicants directly to advise them of any change to the timing of the issuance of their store authorizations,” they added in a statement.

Ontario initially held a lottery to award the first 25 pot shop licenses last year. A second lottery was organized several months later, however, store openings have been lagging nationwide ever since Canada legalized marijuana two years ago.

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the slow rollout of cannabis shops has been seen as one of the key reasons the industry has underperformed in its first year.

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