Article by James Jackson Waterloo Region Record
The provincial government is now accepting submissions or objections related to the proposed retail cannabis shop in the City of Waterloo.
The 15-day public notice period for the proposed site at 32 King St. S. closes Nov. 21. The applicant, 2208292 Alberta Ltd., originally wanted to open in downtown Kitchener but relocated to Waterloo last month.
Local cannabis industry expert Peter Thurley urged anyone with an opinion on the site to submit their thoughts to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) ahead of next Thursday’s deadline.
“If we want to ensure the Waterloo location will work for the people who live here, the people who live here need to say something,” he said.
According to the public notice page on the AGCO website, the proposed name for the Waterloo store is Bud & Sally Cannabis Co.
The Waterloo shop is the first of three possible sites in this region to reach the public input phase of the licensing process, ahead of proposed sites in Kitchener (589 Fairway Rd. S.) and Cambridge (75 Pinebush Rd.).
Only residents of the municipality, or the municipality itself, may provide written submissions to the AGCO.
The City of Waterloo has a municipal retail cannabis store policy that recommends stores be at least 150 metres away from other sensitive uses (such as daycares, playgrounds or addiction service providers). City policy planner Adam Lauder said Waterloo has made its submission to the AGCO and staff aren’t aware of any sensitive uses within that threshold.
Raymond Kahnert, senior communications adviser with the AGCO, said submissions made online at www.agco.ca will be accepted until midnight on Nov. 21. After being reviewed by AGCO staff the submissions are then sent to the applicant for review, and they’re given five days to prepare a response for the AGCO.