‘Tall Task’ for Legal Hamilton Pot Shops to Open By April 1, Owner Says

Article by Adam Carter, CBC News

'Tall task' for legal Hamilton pot shops to open by April 1, owner says Social Sharing Facebook Twitter Reddit LinkedIn 2 shops in Hamilton are under construction, while shops in Burlington and Niagara have been licenced Adam Carter · CBC News April 1 is the first day legal storefront shops can open to sell cannabis recreationally in Ontario. (Richard Vogel/The Associated Press) Hamiltonians can also order weed online through the Ontario Cannabis Store. (Darryl Dyck)

April 1 is the first day legal storefront pot shops can open in Ontario — but it’s going to be tough for stores in the Hamilton area to meet that deadline and be ready for business, one store owner says.

“It’s been a tall task for anybody to make that work,” said Steven Fry, who is scrambling to open an outlet of western Canadian cannabis chain Canna Cabana at the Centre on Barton.

“I think there will be some open, but for me, April 20 is the absolute soonest I’d be open.”

A consultant working with the Hello Cannabis Store set to open in Dundas echoed those statements to The Hamilton Spectator, saying people “should not expect them to be open by April 1.”

Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) spokesperson Raymond Kahnert told CBC News in an email that although 25 stores will be able to open in Ontario on April 1, it’s “certainly clear” not all of them will be.

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