Article by Shawn Gibson, Barrie Today
There are more than 30 cannabis shops spread out around Ontario and while there are currently only two in Barrie, there several more being considered through applications to the province.
There are eight applications in the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) database for Barrie.
Which begs the question: How many can the city bear?
One of those proposed shops is another Star Buds Cannabis Co. store at 500 Huronia Rd., in the city’s south end. The first Star Buds opened at 181 Livingstone St. E. on June 13; company team member Chris Jones says the second one will hopefully open in August.
Jones says he isn’t concerned about the other proposals and points to other municipalities around North America as why.
“I do not feel like there are too many stores trying to open in Barrie right now,” Jones told BarrieToday. “Looking at statistics and information from more developed places — Colorado, California and Alberta — you can have approximately one store per 10,000 people and with the population of the Greater Barrie Area being close to 200,000, they should be able to accomodate about 19 stores total.”
But Star Buds isn’t the only application in, as seven others are pending approval.
Happy Dayz (79 Dunlop St. W.), Miss Jones (400 Bayfield St.), City Cannabis Co. (130 Dunlop St. E.), Cannabis Supply Co. (62 Commerce Park Dr.), The Underground Ontario (408 Dunlop St. W.) and The Den Cannabis Store (190 Minet’s Point Rd.) are all awaiting word on their next step.
The first shop to open its doors in Barrie was One Plant on Essa Road, located at the intersection of Ardagh Road.
Jones knows how much goes into a cannabis retail store and believes time and money have a way of weeding out those who can’t handle the new business model.