Article by Michael Lee, North Bay Nugget
Two applications for proposed cannabis retail stores in North Bay have moved to the next stage in their authorization process.
The 15-day public notice period for a proposed cannabis store at McKeown Plaza, under the name Miss Jones, is set to wrap up April 14, while the notice period for Fire & Flower Cannabis Co. on Algonquin Avenue will end April 19, according to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).
The public notice period is required for an applicant to receive a retail store authorization.
Over the 15 days the notice is posted, a municipality or local residents may write a submission to the registrar of the AGCO about whether the proposed store is in the public interest — namely if it relates to protecting public health, safety and youth, or prevents illicit activities in relation to cannabis.
The application for a Miss Jones cannabis store in North Bay is one of five the company has brought forward in Ontario to date.
Public notice periods for Miss Jones stores in Barrie, Brantford and Orillia are set to conclude within the next week. An application in Toronto is still in progress.