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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.