Article by Jacquie Miller, Ottawa Citizen
A cosy little store on Bank Street in the Glebe that for years sold yarn and thread could soon be transformed into a pot boutique called Ouid.
That’s pronounced weed.
The former Yarn Forward & Sew-On store is one of at least seven locations across the city that have been leased by companies hoping to set up cannabis shops.
This is just the beginning. The province has said it won’t limit the number of licences for privately-run cannabis stores that will start opening in April. Officials have estimated there could be 500 to 1,000 stores across Ontario, so Ottawa could conceivably have a few dozen.
Unless the city decides not to allow any shops — a possibility that entrepreneurs are gambling is unlikely. Municipalities have until Jan. 22 to opt out of cannabis stores, a course of action that is not supported by Mayor Jim Watson and does not appear to have traction among councillors, either.
Postmedia has identified two companies planning multiple shops in the province that have already leased storefronts in Ottawa.