Article by Peter Nolan-Smith, Daily Hive
Cannabis retail in Ontario has been a little slower to roll out than most other provinces in the country.
When Doug Ford was elected premier over incumbent Kathleen Wynne, he made good on his promise to move the province away from a publicly owned chain of cannabis stores to a private retail model.
Twenty-five applicants were selected to be given retail licenses during an independent lottery in January, after Ontario limited the amount given out to avoid the shortages that plagued the country, causing a freeze on store licenses in Alberta, and reduced hours of operation in Quebec.
Now that the lottery is over, store owners must be ready to open for business by April 1, 2019.
Currently, there are eight total applications filed with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.
- Ameri was the first application for Toronto submitted to the AGCO. The listed address is for 20 Cumberland St, a short walk from the Royal Ontario Museum.
- The Hunny Pot Cannabis Co. has submitted an application to open up shop on 202 Queen St. West.