Third Cannabis Store in Thunder Bay Receives Retail License

Article by Doug Diaczuk, TB News Watch

Third cannabis store in city receives retail license (7 photos) The Toke House located in Westfort is hoping to be open and selling recreational cannabis products by April after receiving its retail operator’s license. about 18 hours ago By: Doug Diaczuk 1 / 7 Steve and Ray Kis, owners of the Toke House, recently received their retail operator's license from the province to sell recreational cannabis. (Photos by Doug Diaczuk - 2 / 7 The Toke House is located in Mt. McKay Place on James Street. 3 / 7 The store has been open for the past two and a half years selling cannabis accessories. 4 / 7 Steve Kis said applying to sell recreational cannabis fit in with their existing business model. 5 / 7 Cannabis will be sold out of a separate location in the unit next to the Toke House, which is under renovations.

The city could see three retail cannabis locations open by as early as this spring after a third location recently received a license to sell recreational cannabis.

The Toke House in Westfort received its retail operator’s license from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario this week and plans to open sometime in April.

“We’ve been anxiously waiting for a license here to dispense cannabis and we just got it, so we are really excited for that,” said Steve Kis, who owns the Toke House with his father Ray.

This will be the third location in the city to receive a retail operator’s license after the province opened the application process to the public.

Tokyo Smoke, having been successful in the province’s previous lottery system last summer, opened its doors on Monday and Kia Ora on Victoria Avenue received its retail operator’s license in late February.

Kis said he applied to both lotteries and again for the license as soon as it opened on Jan. 1. The Toke House, located in Mt. McKay Place on James Street, has been open for the past two and a half years selling cannabis accessories.

“We didn’t get in the game to sell cannabis,” he said. “It was just an add-on to our existing model. When they went to the free market, we applied.”

Before they can start to sell recreational cannabis, the store needs pass an inspection by the province.

“So we have this existing store where we will be doing accessories in and cannabis will be sold in a completely separate location, which is the unit next to us,” Kis said. “So we have to get that location approved.”

The separate location is undergoing renovations and Kis said he hopes to have everything complete before the beginning of April when the inspections will start to take place.

“Once that hits, they will do 20 stores per month based on store readiness,” he said. “So you have to hit all their checklists and then book an inspection.”

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